In Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein uses his knowledge of technology and science to attempt the unthinkable by creating life. By attempting to create life he is not only attempting the impossible, but is also creating danger. In successfully creating his monster, Victor Frankenstein realized that not all science and technology is beneficial. 

Victor Frankenstein was able to create a living being from body scraps, but it turned into a monster. The best way to summarize his actions is that his curiosity backfired. In many circumstances curiosity is a good thing and allows for us to gain insight and develop as a society. But Frankenstein is an example of how curiosity can have negative impacts and that playing god has consequences.

In science, curiosity is what leads to significant breakthroughs, as was the case for Victor Frankenstein, except his curiosity proved to be harmful rather than helpful. The reason for the harmful outcome was due to Frankenstein’s lack of thought when conducting his experiment. Frankenstein believed that it would be incredible if he could create life, only to find out that his incredible creation was, in fact, a catastrophic mistake. This teaches us, as a curious society looking to better ourselves and create new things, to be cautious of what we delve into. It shows that although some projects have the potential to be groundbreaking and provide us with new knowledge, these experiments could go tragically wrong.

A real world example of how new knowledge and science can be harmful to our society, similar to Frankenstein’s monster, is if a scientist created a new disease that could spread across the world in a matter of days, seriously infecting the world’s population. This would be a groundbreaking innovative discovery/creation, but at the same time it would prove detrimental to our society and should never happen. Although science and technology doesn’t have to advance our society, it should only be used for advancements because if scientist blindly conduct experiments only to discover that they made a mistake by attempting said experiment, the effects could cause permanent damages on our society.