Essay on Human and Important Cautionary Guide

1073 Words Apr 21st, 2000 5 Pages
"Introduction to Frankenstein"
Mary Shelley

The ethical debate concerning biotechnological exploration into genetic cloning has created a monster in itself. A multitude of ethical questions arises when considering the effect of creating a genetically engineered human being. Does man or science have the right to create life through unnatural means? Should morality dictate these technological advancements and their effects on society? The questions and concerns are infinite, but so to are the curiosities, which continue to perpetuate the advancement of biotechnological science. In order to contemplate the effects that science can have on our society we can look back in history and literature to uncover the potentiality of our future
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"I had cast off all feeling, subdued all anguish, to riot in the excess of my despair. "Evil henceforth became my good. Urged thus far, I had no choice but to adapt my nature to an element, which I had willingly chosen. The completion of my demoniacal design became an insatiable passion" (Shelley 153).
This hideous monster goes on to claim his murderous ways are justified because of his inability to find happiness in this human world. "Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend" (Shelley 66). The monster's acts of revenge for his miserable existence displays a cold devious presence of evil completely lacking moral decency. Although one may eventually feel sorrow for the monster, the existence of the creature is unnatural and immoral, the behavior of this hideous monster further escalates the dangers of man playing god. The senseless murder of Victor Frankenstein's friend and family was Mary Shelley's way of suggesting to society that they could all become victims of scientists like Frankenstein, who unnaturally and unknowingly create potential monsters.
Until recently, Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was viewed as a brilliant work of fiction, however now the messages in her writings call for a substantial consideration from a bioethical standpoint. The act of scientists breaking the domain of human creation is no longer confined to fiction. The bioethical dilemma that haunted

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