Values in "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park" and "Doctor Faustus"

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There have been many values displayed in texts since the birth of civilisation. Examples of this can be seen in Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus”, Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”. These texts all display the values of thirst for knowledge, secularism, gender constructions and the depreciated worth of human life through the use of linguistic techniques that place them amongst texts of textual integrity.

“Dr Faustus” explores the theme of thirst for knowledge, as does “Frankenstein” and “Jurassic Park”. In Marlowe’s morality play, Faustus shows that he has a thirst for knowledge throughout. This is first conveyed in the chorus, “Soon he profits from Divinity, the fruitful plot of scholarism graced” and later by Faustus himself, when he confesses he wants knowledge of magic to his magician friends, “Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me”, This use of metaphor has helped portray Faustus’s thirst for knowledge.

This is also the case in Shelley’s Gothic Horror. Dr Frankenstein locks himself in his laboratory, as “Winter, spring and summer passed away during [Frankenstein’s] labours; but [Frankenstein] didn’t watch the blossom or expanding leaves”. This use of highly descriptive language enabled the reader to see the contrast between Frankenstein’s grim undertakings to that of normal living, showing his extreme thirst for knowledge and the lengths he was willing to go to in order to obtain that knowledge.

The thirst for knowledge is also evident in Jurassic Park. This is seen in the discussion between Grant, Malcolm, Hammond and Gennaro. Malcolm accuses Hammond,“You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge yourselves, so you don't take the responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you knew what...