Cloning and Literature Analytical Essay by Hepkitty

Cloning and Literature
Reviews the concepts of cloning presented in various historical literary texts, such as "Brave New World" and "Frankenstein".
# 49241 | 1,070 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2004 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Hot Topics (Cloning)

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This paper explores how the idea of cloning humans appeared in literature long before it became a modern-day scientific 'hot-topic'. It examines two of the most famous stories ever written addressing this topic,Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World". It also touches on the concept as it appeared in the works by the Roman poet, Ovid, and English poet, John Milton. The paper includes quotes from the original texts.

From the Paper:

"Shelley is talking about man "molding" man, or "playing God." What further separates Shelley from Milton and Ovid is the time period in which she lived. While Milton and Ovid generally lived in stagnant, stable cultures, Shelley lived during the Industrial Revolution. Things were happening during the Industrial Revolution that nobody had ever thought about before. Anything seemed possible during Shelley's time, so the creation of an artificial human being was an interesting topic, where during Ovid and Milton's times, a discussion of such a topic would have seemed insane. However, when society is changing, there is usually great fear of the different, which is reflected in Shelley's themes."

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