I do not agree with the statement:
“Students in the twenty first century have little to learn from Frankenstein.”
Mary Shelley’s novel demonstrates the type of language and intricate structure rarely found in novels today from which students in the twenty first century can learn much from. Mary Shelley puts forward timeless lessons of one’s confrontation with one’s self taking responsibility for your own actions, the result of being shunned from society and the dangers of tampering with nature. The novel foreshadows our very real fears of the double-sided nature of scientific ‘progress’ making it relevant today and proving the statement:
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Students studying Frankenstein in the twenty first century can learn a lot from the structure techniques and layering that Shelley uses in the novel
A value drilled into the youth of the twenty first century is to take responsibility for your actions. This lesson is demonstrated when Victor Frankenstein, displaying a lack of moral forethought, rejects his creation leaving it to fend for itself both physically and mentally. Victor’s attempts to make excuses for his lack of responsibility prove futile and he pays the ultimate price:
“My feelings are profound, but I possessed a coolness of judgment that fitted me for illustrious achievements. But this thought, which supported me in the commencement of my career, now serves only to plunge me lower into the dust.” P238
Frankenstein’s family is destroyed is destroyed and he dies a spiritually broken man. Shelley wanted all who read her novel to learn from Victors situation:
“Learn my miseries and do not seek to increase your own.” (p253)
Physical and psychological suffering as a result of being shunned from society is an important issue that all youth should understand and the situation regarding this issue put forward in Frankenstein is one to be learned from. Shelley considered the creature to be the natural pure state of a human being; she then used it to display the effects of corruption by society:
“The feelings of kindness and gentleness which I had entertained but a few moments before gave place to a hellish rage and gnashing of teeth. Inflamed by pain, I vowed...