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Dear Mary Shelley,

Do you feel that Frankenstein is anti-science?


Andrew M.

Dear Andrew M.,

Frankenstein is anti-science only if science is thought to be without ethics. Victor's creation's violence is a direct result of Victor's desire to control. The creation's violence is a direct result of Victor's neglect of his duties to his creation. To me, it is Victor's sins that create the monster, not Frankenstein's creation of the monster. Science can and has been used to create life. The creation of life is not the problem; the problem is how we choose to treat the people we bring into the world. Frankenstein is a cautionary tale about not creating for the sake of creation and not allowing our creations to languish, but instead to love and care for them.


Mary Shelley