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The Mad Scientist Essay

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The mad scientist is an interesting figure in contemporary culture, usually represented by an evil genius that uses fictitious technology in an attempt to ‘play God.’ History has shown us that the mad scientist is not far off from reality: From the alchemist Paracelsus claiming the ability to create life to Tesla and Newton using science to challenge the mysteries of the universe. We also see the mad scientist in 19th century literature. Both Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, showcase this character in all of his glory and destruction. These pieces of literature are woven into the anthology, Making Humans, which is cited in this analysis. In these novels, we see ‘the creator’ (Victor Frankenstein) versus ‘the imitator’ (Dr. Moreau). These are two different attempts at ‘playing God,’ and take the audience to a place where morality is no longer a question of what’s right or wrong, but how wrong and what that means for humankind as we know it.
Let’s start with Victor Frankenstein, in classification of the mad scientist I prefer to call him ‘the creator.’ His journey starts with his desire to assume the role of God among a new race, telling Walton, “A new race would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me” (Shelley 48). Victor’s desire for knowledge lead him to the hope that he can recreate God’s work through science. In order to do this, has to dig up and assemble dead bodies into a single being that he will inject the breath of life into. As the creator, Its necessary to compare him to the God in Genesis which states, “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (New International Version, Gen 2.7). I like to think that Frankenstein is recreating God’s work by forming his own man from the dust of the ground, or dead bodies that are dug up from the ground and using his fantastical scientific discovery to give his creation life. Christians and supporters of the Old Testament would argue that using science to recreate God’s work is antipathetic to how creation should be interpreted. This is only the beginning to what Shelley’s Christian audience would consider immoral.
After Frankenstein breathes life into his quilt of human remains, he is immediately repulsed. His path to this moment was one that he, “desired [it] with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that [he] had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished and breathless horror and disgust filled [his] heart” (51). This doesn’t sound like a caring mother bringing her new baby into the world, and his reaction showcases his immorality. Victor obsessed over the idea of becoming God to a new race, but once the possibility was born, he immediately regretted it and could not even look at his creation (or as it is referred to from this part on, the Monster). After creating his Monster, he abandons it....

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