The Science in "Frankenstein"
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This paper discusses Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein" or, "The Modern Prometheus," published in 1818. The paper examines the science within the book and suggests that since Shelley didn't have a scientific background, the book is not scientific per se, however it is a book about scientific ethics. The paper briefly compares Shelley's style to similar, more modern science fiction authors.
From the Paper:"Christian symbols and faith are among the most important weapons used to defeat the vampire. In this way Stoker echoes Shelly painting a picture showing that science and reason must be tempered by deep humility in the face of the unknown and by the utmost respect for the forces of God and nature beyond that which man can specifically experience and observe."
"For chauvinistic, turn of the century readers, Count Dracula also represented foreign, primitive, invasive influences and immigrants who threatened the established way of life. Just like today, there was a perception that morals were declining, faith-based values were on the wane and sexually transmitted diseases, especially syphilis, were on the rise. People believed that plagues were being introduced by foreigners."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein: or, A Modern Prometheus. Oxford University Press. Oxford, England. 1818.
- Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Archibald Constable and Company. London, England. 1897.
- Wyhe, John van. William Whewell (1794-1866) gentleman of science.
Cite this Book Review:
The Science in "Frankenstein" (2010, February 08) Retrieved June 17, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-science-in-frankenstein-118578/
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