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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley recounts the tragic story of Victor Frankenstein a scientist whodared to defy nature and as a result lost all those dear to him as well as his mind Howeverupon closer examination of the novel it is relatively simple to see that there is a strong messageregarding the morality of science In order to analyze the early Modernists understanding ofscientific knowledge I will First assume the authors views and beliefs are characteristic of theperiod and second examine the fears to which the novel gives rise Through this I will prove thatat that time much like today mankind was extremely fearful of the scientists ability to playTo understand modernism readers must first understand what modernism emerged fromPremodernism I believe can be accurately described as pre science In this era naturalscience and scientific research was frowned upon Any scientific questions were directed to theChurch or to the writings of the ancients such as Aristotle The highly held belief during this timewas that God had created nature to be used by man a higher understanding of the workings ofnature was not required since it was Gods creation and for Him only to understand Men beganto manipulate nature for agriculture and could therefore stop wandering and settle into one area Society and culture were able to evolve from this changeEventually feudalism came into place Everyone had their place in life and a job to dothere was neither time nor reason for science All was quiet Then another class emerged fromfeudalism the bourgeoisie or middle class This class consisted mostly of merchants who did nothave a set place in feudalism The bourgeoisie to compensate for this lack of class rank formedtrade guilds and eventually began forming their own towns These merchant based societies hadthe money the time and the motivation to begin scientific experimentation something usuallyonly affordable to lower lords in feudalist society With the furtherance of science societysviews of science gradually changed to accept some forms
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