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Mary Shelleys Frankenstein In great literature authors often seize upon the plight of one particular character to represent a more general concern of humanity In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein this is seen in the character of Victor Frankenstein His thoughts actions and experiences represent a concern of humanity humanitys self-destruction through the desire to control nature present at the time the work was written that continues to be a concern today Genetic cloning is a recent example of humanitys attempt to control life or do what some call playing God At times it seems science produces technology closer to virtual insanity rather than reality for much of our desire for control often leads to situations that really are too good to be true In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein and his experiences represent humanitys self-destruction which stems from the need to control nature Victor Frankenstein is unveiled as an extremely self-absorbed individual at the beginning of the novel Within the first thirty pages he becomes so entranced with the old philosophies of science that he assumes the power to begin creating a human from assorted body parts Victor claims the right to givetake away life by asserting his need to control nature Later on Frankenstein takes it upon himself to create a second creature showing that there is not even a question of moral right or wrong for him However the ramifications of Frankensteins attempt at playing God are revealed by the creature himself He practically tells Frankenstein You are my creator but I am your masterobey The creation eventually becomes wiser than his creator who is blinded by his selfish want for control Victors original intentions had been to control nature through the making of a being yet the creature becomes out of control illustrating that no one can actually assume power over natural existence Frankenstein himself even says Learn from me how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge
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