Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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When Mary Shelley started writing the story of Dr. Frankenstein, she did not realize the true potential of her work. She was simply writing a short story to pass the time. Shelley had no idea her story would evolve and grow as the years pass. She had no idea it would launch a whole genre of horror stories and an array of movies that have captivated the imagination of every generation including our own. The story of Dr. Frankenstein taps into the darkest crevices of the human condition. Our so-called "quest for knowledge" has lead to many advances; It is human nature that drives us in our curiosity, but a lot of the time we do not take responsibility for our creations, and that is why many of our species' endeavors have resulted in tragedy. Dr. Frankenstein set out to create a "perfect creature" when he began his endeavor. But moments after his creature came to life he turned away in disgust.

He ran away from his baby if you will. "Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber..." (P.56) Compare if you dare: Frankenstein's actions to those of a mother giving up her child for adoption. What right has the creator to turn on his/her creation? Doesn't the magic of creation carry the burden of responsibility? Yes of course it does. If you create a living being you have the responsibility to protect and nurture it. That is the very nature of creation. According to the "monster" all he wanted was for Frankenstein to create a companion for him. Was he not, in this case, making the same mistake as Frankenstein himself? What would have become of his companion if HE turned...