Frankenstein: The New Prometheus

Mary Shelley, 2003 (1818)

Shelley’s novel is a ‘what if’ fiction. What if a scientific researcher into the workings of human life could stitch together a being from dead ‘materials’ found in the ‘dissecting room and the slaughterhouse’ (p.55) and galvanise this ‘person’ into a living creature? The unforeseen evil consequences of Frankenstein’s ‘success’ in achieving his aim of gaining this ultimate power over Nature are what the book is all about. In my researches on the novel and its origin, there is good reason to suppose Mary Shelley’s story is an ‘ethical’ work. Read it and see for yourself.

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