Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein - Controversial And Ethical Implications Of Science And Technology

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a glimpse into the knowledgeable and ethical implications of science and technology. Shelley has written this novel to foreshadow what is to come with increasing knowledge and access to technology—including the many downsides. Technology from the Romantic Movement has evolved immensely—from finding viable vaccinations and cures for many diseases to inventing computers that fit in the palm of a hand. While the advancement of such technology has greatly improved our world, technology has caused equally as much harm as good. A controversial new aspect of technology is stem cell research, which is the process of contracting out stem cells from embryos and growing them in a laboratory for the purpose of curing diseases. However, the issue roots from the fact that not everyone has complied with the morality of these particular technological advancements. The morality of technical progress such as stem cell research is both controversial and ethically questionable. Although the evolving technology in stem cell research has potential benefits, Mary Shelley argues it to be unethical because it could be considered an act of playing God.
Frankenstein is Shelley’s way of expressing her perception of technology and its potentially detrimental consequences. Shelley demonstrates a fear of technology which can have positive outcomes. If put into the wrong hands however; technology can instill fear in many people through its negative effects. Victor…

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