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Morality And Frankenstein Essay

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Morality and FrankensteinMary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, in London to two radicals of the day. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, who died in childbirth, was one of the first feminists and writers of the time while her father, William Godwin, played his part as a radical thinker as a writer and political journalist.As a child, Mary Shelley was virtually left completely to educate herself amongst her father's intellectual and radical circle of friends and acquaintances. Probably because of the intellectual influence she was somewhat of a child prodigy concerning the literary stage, and published her first poem at the age of ten. At the age of 16 she ran away to France and Switzerland with the poet Percy Shelley. In 1816, the two elopers married after Shelley's first wife had committed suicide by drowning. Their first child, a daughter, died in Venice, Italy, a few years later. After the death of their first child, they returned to England where Mary gave birth to their son William. In 1818, the Shelleys left England for Italy, where they remained until Shelley's tragic drowning in 1822 in the Bay of Spezia near Livorno. Finally, after all the tragedy that had befallen her, Mary suffered a nervous breakdown in 1819 with the death of her son William (previous to this, she had lost a daughter as well).As if the death of two children and a husband wasn't enough, she also had a miscarriage in 1822 that proved to be very dangerous to her. Of Shelley's children, only one, Percy Florence, survived his infancy. In 1823 she, determined not to remarry returned with her son to England, where she devoted herself completely to his welfare and education and continued her career as a professional writer, and later died in London on February 1, 1851, most likely of a tumor in her brain.What the exact definition of morality is, no one can say, it has been one of the most questioned and thought about issues in the history of ethics and philosophy, and, despite all of that, there is no one person that can define a set standard of morality that is applicable the world over.While Dr. Victor Frankenstein should've realized that the creation of the monster could have dangerous sideeffects, and, from a Christian standpoint, he is trying to play God with his severely limited and humanistic mind (very far from perfection) which is borderline sacrilegious, but other than that, there is nothing really immoral about it (from an atheistic perspective of course).Immediately following the success in giving life to something dead, Victor commits and almost unpardonable sin by abandoning his responsibility to himself, the monster, and the rest of society, and runs away. This was his greatest and most grievous immoral act, what he should have done was realized his responsibility and taught his creation, taught it everything from morals to ethics to proper behavior to how to read. But he doesn't.Because Frankenstein's creation uses threats against Victor himself as...

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