ethics of creation


The Ethics of Creation in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Allen Chen, Science, Technology, and Culture junior

"So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein - more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation" (Shelley 486). This is the silent oath that we imagine all aspiring scientists take as they begin their studies. As a society, we readily admire scientific geniuses like Thomas Edison, Louis Pasteur, and Albert Einstein, but we rarely discuss the ethical implications of their work in great detail. This is, of course, one of the primary concerns of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Decades before these scientists made their discoveries, Shelley used her novel to point out the possible dangers of creation if ethical concerns are not addressed. These dangers are illustrated by Victor's arrogant approach to knowledge, the negligence of his teachers, and Victor's own neglect of his creation.



  approach to knowledge




lack of responsibility

of the educator

of the creator




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