Frankenstien (the First Ten Chapters)

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Frankenstein is a novel about progress, science, family and horror. The progress and science presented by author Shelley are easy enough to see when you read this work. At the turn of the nineteenth century the world was a different place, but at the same time things are quite similar to present day. The world that is presented to us here is one where many of the sciences and discoveries we have perfected and taken for granted today are still fresh and new, but we are also just discovering many new things in our world. The story we have here, of a man bringing together pieces and parts of dead bodies and giving them "…A spark of being…" (Shelley, 57) is extremely plausible. We now have the ability to clone anything from sheep to humans. In fact, a religious cult in Quebec claimed they had cloned a human being a few years ago during the entire hubbub around the legality of cloning and stem cell research.

Victor Frankenstein is an example of how such things could go as wrong as politicians protested they would. The conflict begins when Frankenstein abandons his own creation: "Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room…" (Shelley, 57). A few months go by and we hear nothing from the creature while Frankenstein is sick, until he gets a letter from his father saying that his young brother William has been killed and a girl taken in by the family, Justine, is on trial. Victor is sure that it was his creation who has extracted vengeance on him and his for the abandonment, when he attempts to tell them though he is cut off.

"'Victor says he knows who is the murderer of poor William' 'We do...