the ironic contrast in Frankenstein

PosterĄG Angela at 23:8:57 11/6/97 from

In my opinion, Frankenstein is a very ambitious and hard-working man.
He is interested in both literature and science, which are totally diffe-
rent tracks. He is probably born diligent so that he could do well in
both literature and science. Basically speaking, people who are interest-
ed in and good at literature usually have no interest in science. How-
ever, Frankenstein is a special one and an exception.
Why did Mary Shelly create such a 'Frankenstein' in her novel? Most
of time, women are not supposed to create horrible fictions, but are su-
pposed to write romantic novels or poems. In my viewpoint, I suppose it
is because of her family background. Her mom was told to be an outstand-
ing woman, and from Mary's childhood, she started ot build up a concept--
I want to be as good as my mom. And I think she made it. Before reading
"Frankenstein", I did not expect that the author was s woman. So, I was
somewhat shocked by this new understanding.
I consider Frankenstien in the novel is an ironic contrast, such as
literature versus science and science versus nature, especially the latter
one. Frankenstein was quite special for his interests in both literature
and science, while literature is for romance and science for ration. That
is, he brought ration and romance together. Will there be any contrast
when these two meet each other? I don't know. Besides, scientific develop-
ment is uaually from nature, even from destroying nature. On the other
hand, nature in some way is protected and developed by science. Nature and
science have a life-and-death relationship. Isn't this contrast? And
Frankenstein could be the complex of science and nature.
According to the natural regualtion, life disappears once and for all.
But to ambitious Frandkenstein, he wanted to bring life back to death;
what's more, he succeeded. He used the scientific technology and the
natural help--lightning, he did create a new life. However, the created
one is not possible to be the same as the original one, and this is a pitty
to Frankenstein. Thus, we need to ask a question,"Does the created one have
the same character, personality or memories as the previous one? If the
created one has feeling, is he or she willing to be reanimated again while
his or her appearance change? Actually, do we know that the created one has
his or her own thoughts and feelings?" These are all the questions in my
mind, though they are not answerable. By both science and nature, Franken-
stein is a complex of contrast.
A very cruel question appeared in Frankensteins' mind," Who are my
friends the same spice as mine?" He also needs people who are the same
race as his. This reminds me of the event happened not long ago--the
cloned sheep, Doris. Undoubtedly, it is surely a significant scientific
event. If once this technology could be used in human beings, I believe
that there will be a lot of babies asking a question in the future," Who is
my mom? Why do I have the same image as other people?" I will be a very
miserable situation. In my viewpoint, everyone has his or her own individual
differencesv from other people, and this is the characteristics that makes
one an 'I', right?


  • Re: the ironic contrast in Frankenstein -- Kate Liu 11:48:50 12/17/97

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