Dangers Of Technology Exposed In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was a literary piece that touched on many different issues, not only in her time, but also today. The creation of life in Frankenstein was Shelley’s symbolic warning to the new industrialized era. “It also [can] be seen to be warning about the dangers of uncontrolled application of technology and its use without proper morality” (Brachneos). The warning in Frankenstein applies today more than ever because of the creation of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and computers that “think for themselves” The two are connected in a sense. Some would argue that Victor, the character that created the monster wanting to play od, is like the programmers of AI computers today.
In Frankenstein, Shelley creates two very complex characters. They embody the moral dilemmas that arise from the corruption and disturbance of the natural order of the world. When Victor Frankenstein is attending school, he becomes infatuated with creating a living being and starts stealing body parts from morgues around the university. After many months of hard work, he finishes one stormy night bringing his creation to life. However, “now that [Victor] had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled [his] heart” (Chambers). Right after Victor realizes what he has done, he falls into deep depression and must be nursed back to health by his friend. Victor spends the rest of the story facing consequences and moral problems from creating unnatural life. When he realizes that the ‘monster’ has killed his brother, even though no one believes him, he feels responsible for his brother’s murder because he was responsible for the existence of the ‘monster’. Also feeling responsible, Victor agrees to continue playing od when the ‘monster’ confronts him and demands that it is his right to have a female counterpart. After Victor destroys the female counterpart in disgust, he goes from being God to Satan. He did this by destroying the female ‘monster’, he agreed to build, and condemned his creation to live out the remainder of his life alone. The ‘monster’ was a victim of unbridled scientific experimentation and exile from society; he was not created hating people or seeking vengeance. It was just
“A misshapen and ugly creation galvanized into life by a young scientist, and endowed with supernatural strength. The creature is excluded forever from human society, but has very human needs and emotions, and acquires a lofty education from books.”(Chambers)
After everything that both of the characters had been through in the story, they both ended up causing each other’s demise. While Victor was chased the ‘monster’ all the way to the North Pole, he fell in the frigid water and died from pneumonia. This ‘monster’ killed itself because he regretted becoming an instrument of evil. With the creator dead, he jumped off the ship swearing to commit suicide and was never seen again.
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