Frankenstein and the Issue of Cloning Analytical Essay by serendipity

Frankenstein and the Issue of Cloning
An analysis of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and how this is applicable to today's discussion about genetic cloning.
# 49995 | 1,021 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2004 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Hot Topics (Cloning)

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This paper asks whether "Frankenstein" can teach a lesson for modern man. If we, in our moral confusion, are immobilized ,and the creation takes on a life of it's own, will we inevitably be destroyed? Is this the inherent repugnance that is felt, but not capable of being elucidated in the matter of cloning? s the fear of a loss of dignity the same as the creature's irresponsible rejection by society? This paper shows how these questions act as catalyst for a comparison between the creation of life that was Frankenstein's fall and today's scenario of technological advancements that allow the creation of life through cloning.

From the Paper:

'Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is the story of a man who creates a monster as both companion and prototype in his quest to bring back those he loves who have died. The monster, however, is lonely and rejected by society. Frankenstein is immobilized by his own moral dilemma as his creation escapes and brings about the destruction of Frankenstein, all that he loves and the world as he knows it. The monster abhors life and seeks revenge on his creator by killing. He then forces the doctor to make another creature so that he will no longer be alone. Frankenstein, fraught with guilt and the ethical implications, is not able to finish the new creature and destroys it, destroying the monster's only hope for a companion. The story ends with the monster destroying his creator and then himself."

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