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The Fear of Science
The Fear of Science
To live in the today\'s world is to be surrounded by the products of
science. For it is science that gave our society color television, the
bottle of aspirin, and the polyester shirt. Thus, science has greatly
enhanced our society; yet, our society are still afraid of the effect of
science. This fear of science can be traced back to the nineteenth century
where scientist had to be secretative in experimenting with science.
Although science did wonders in the nineteenth century, many people feared
science and its effects because of the uncertainty results of science.
Our thrist for science can be traced back through many decades.
However, the nineteenth century society felt that science was a great
investment towards a better life. This investment in science gave the
nineteenth century society the discovery of light waves and radio waves,
the electric motors, the first photograph and telephone, and the first
publication of the periodic table. Science also caused an uproar in
society when Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, which became
the scientific basis for the study of the evolution of humans. Many people
in the nineteenth century detested Darwin\'s theory of the evolution of man
because it went against their religion, which believed that God created the
world. Science, soon, developed the big bang theory, which states that
earth was created by the attraction of atoms. The nineteenth century
society was afraid of science because it contradicted their beliefs, and
was afraid that the results of science would lead to the destruction of
mankind. Thus, the study of science was limited because of fear of its
The fear of the effects of science was expressed in literature.
Novels like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Time Machine, and Frankenstein
showed the dangers of science and that science would soon lead to the
destruction of mankind.
The novel Frankenstein is about a man name Victor Frankenstein who
wanted to tamper with life and death by "exploring unknown powers, and
unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation." (Frankenstein, pg.40)
He acquired the knowledge of science when he attended the university of
Ingolstadt, and once the knowledge of science was gained, Frankenstein went
to his secret laboratory to create a creature with gigantic stature. At
first, Frankenstein had doubts about creating a human being; however, with
"the improvement which every day takes place in science and mechanics, [he]
was encouraged to hope [his] present attempts would at least lay the
foundation of future success." (Frankenstein, pg.47) Once Frankenstein
created his human being, his dream was vanished because he had accomplished
his dream. His dream of creating a human being soon turned into a nightmare.
For Frankenstein created a monster who had no identity, and was willing to
murder all of Frankenstein\'s loved ones if Frankenstein did not create
another female creature. Victor Frankenstein refused to create another
female monster to accompany his monster. Thus, the monster felt that he had
no choice but to take away Frankenstein\'s family, just to show how Victor
Frankenstein would feel being alone in the world. The murder of William
Frankenstein (Victor\'s younger brother) caused Victor to believe that his
own creature had murdered his younger brother because "nothing in human
shape could have destroyed that fair child." (Frankenstein, pg.74)
Frankenstein knew from then on that he had "turned loose into the world a
depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage and misery." (Frankenstein, pg.74)
Frankenstein\'s monster caused "the death of William, the execution of
Justine (a servant of the Frankenstein since childhood, who was framed by
Frankenstein\'s monster), the murder of Clerval (Frankenstein\'s closes friend
since childhood) and lastly [Victor\'s] wife (Elizabeth Lavenza)."
(Frankenstein, pg.213) Frankenstein not only blamed the murders of his
loved ones on his monster, he blamed himself for creating the monster.
Throughout Frankenstein, the words "friend, monster, daemon, vile insect,
enemy, and abhorred devil" were used by Frankenstein to describe the monster
which he had created. In a way, the monster is protrayed as science and
Frankenstein\'s fear of and hatred towards the monster or science is
expressed throught Frankenstein. Thus, Frankenstein is a novel which
proved to society that science is dangerous. That, we should not tamper
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