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Frankenstein Science fiction novels are mostly based on a strong compulsive message that is put forth throughout the writer. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an extreme complex novel with many directions of felling towards human nature. One would believe that the main message of the story is that Victor Frankenstein is a scientist that begins to use his knowledge to play the roll of God. Another significant meaning would be that the monster is like a child who does not know the difference between right and wrong. The most important and life long lesson of not judging a book by it's cover.

In the 21st century the technology of biological science has advanced in many ways. Scientists now have the ability to create and distort living creatures. This is one of the most moral debated subjects of modern biology. The novel Frankenstein teaches a great lesson of what the outcomes can be if science and nature are taken advantage of.

Victor Frankenstein had a good heart and ambition to create intelligent life. However the story prevails that people should not take the creation of life in there own hands. This is significant because major complications will happen while playing the roll of God. This novel was written nearly a century ago before mankind had the capabilities that we currently have now. This story is an excellent model of how our society should view the direction that our power of technology is heading in the future.

Often in the case of children, there is a time period in the development of their brain when they must experiment with objects, feeling and movement. This is very similar to the story of the monster. The message that is sent out is that the monster has no past and no understanding of what the real outside world is all about. In a sense the monster acts like a child, because he does not know the difference between what are the right things to do and the wrong things to do. One would interrupt this message, as being one that would describe the conflicts between people, races and countries. The absence of knowledge about the past or the present life of someone can be harmful to both sides of the story. The monster had no people experiences and the people had no experiences with the monster. This harmed the monster because no one knew that the monster was in fact good and that he had no knowledge of rights and wrongs. This also effected the people because the monster did not have the simple instincts that people take for granted.

One of the most used cliche in history is not to judge a book by its cover. In simplest terms, this means that you should not make any assumption about someone or something by there appearance. One would believe that this message is one of the biggest lessons that Frankenstein can teach. What is important to human nature are what is inside a person. The monster was essential a good creature with a not so attractive shell. Mary Shelley's message on this subject is to show the readers what the outcomes of these actions can cause. The people immediately assume that the monster is evil and is set out to hurt them. Shelley does an excellent job of describing to the readers how this can effect the victim of the situation. The monster's reactions are deadly and he begins to learn that this is the way life should be lived. If Mary Shelley had Victor Frankenstein give the monster an attractive face, her image of the lessons to be taught would be oblivious.

Writers of any category choose their stories to have a specific significant to them. Writers often pick two are three messages to put forth throughout the novel. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was a great piece of science fiction writing that had the lessons of life tied into it. Not to try and take the roll of God, Not to judge a book by it's cover, and to put yourself into someone else's shoes before you make any decisions about what kind of person there are. This novel has helped many people realize what can happen if fiction becomes a reality.