Many people believe, in the modern American society, that the purpose of an author is to provide society with deep, enthralling tales that capture the history, actions, or fantasies of humans. While this common conception maybe somewhat true, in reality, an author’s primary purpose is to write a tale that communicates a message of morals and beliefs for society to acknowledge. Born in the year of 1797, Mary Shelley proves to be one of the latter as she becomes a revered pioneer in the creation of artificial life. This is because, as an author, Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein brings to society a question that many scientist even now continue to withhold from answering: the endless ...view middle of the document...
A year later, Frankenstein was a full-blown novel with elements from Gothic and Romantic periods, and was seen as a reaction to the industrial revolution and what could go wrong with the tempering of natural law (Bechtel,Beaumont).
Frankenstein and Modern bioethical concerns and dangers
Another equally as important factor of Shelley’s scientific impact on society is how her novel, Frankenstein, innovated the ideas of biotechnology from the early 19th century to even now. This is because her novels displayed way to create a new creature under the premise of galvanism and succeeded, but now, scientist still continue to falter to find a true answer for this single, recurring question; how far are humans willing to go in their quest to create, altar, and clone animated life? This challenging question have long been debated by many prominent members of society and the people themselves, as it has been displayed by the main character ,Victor, in the novel Frankenstein of a young, brilliant man who steps over the bounds of natural order by creating a new life form and because of it, he and his loved ones lose their lives. This glimpse of Victor’s fate is an example of someone who pushed too far into the realms of the unknown and suffered because of it. Yet, various scientists have argued that Viktor’s fate is completely avoidable and something society should not be concerned with. However, many people today still fear of a similar situation that this time will not only stop at the murder of its creators, but the entire human race as Amy Moulton, a sophomore in a genetics class, worries that today's genetic scientists might make similar mistakes. "I had no idea what genetic engineering was, and I thought it had nothing to do with me," she says. "I found it was very important. We shouldn't be playing God (Bushweller)." Furthermore, Eric Cohen, director of the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s
Zhu 2 Biotechnology and American Democracy Program and editor of the group’s journal, The New Atlantis adds to this point by stating, “The disquiet that some people have with the biotech revolution is due to our worry that in trying to make life better in ways we recognize, we’re going to make it worse in ways we can’t even imagine (Looney).” This is because as biotechnology continues grow and more innovations are made, people will continue to fear of an instance similar or worse of that in Frankenstein in hopes that the human race will not be destroyed by its very own creation. All in all ,this book exists not only as a good gothic novel, but as a continued fodder for timeless questions on the role of science in human progress,technology, and evolution (Baker).
Shelley’s Frankenstein Benefits to scientific world
A final cogent factor is how Frankenstein benefited the scientific world by becoming a catalyst to...