While Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is known for being a perfect representation of gothic literature, it also presents a technological crisis that still applies today. Victor Frankenstein represents the forward-thinking nature of humans, and while his scientific discovery was incredibly remarkable, the project was a too large of a scale for society to handle, therefore displaying a scenario where the progression of science can be dangerous if it is too rapid. The monster was also created out of an unnatural phenomenon, which isolates him from society. But this raises a question that we must consider today: should we accept someone created in a lab the same way we treat naturally-born humans? This is a concept that we, as a society, have not yet faced, but it seems as if we are approaching this ethical dilemma.

Another question to consider while reading Frankenstein is whether or not Victor Frankenstein was a good or bad scientist. Although his discovery was obviously exceptional, he did not consider the ramifications or the ethics behind what he created. He immediately abandoned his creation afterwards, allowing the issue to continue. But this illustrates a situation that could most definitely arise today. While knowledge is power, ignorance is bliss, and scientific discovery is often irreversible. Another flaw in Victor Frankenstein’s actions was that he did not start on a small scale; he did no research on the consequences of creating life, especially life of that size. Society also needs time to adjust to scientific changes. It takes time for the general population to absorb jumps in technology, and Frankenstein creates a situation where the jump is so large that society rejected it completely, ultimately categorizing the creation as harmful.

Today, as far as I’m aware, we are nowhere close to creating life to the extent that Victor created in the novel. However, that very reason is why Frankenstein is timeless. After the Scientific Revolution, humans have always been looking for what’s next. However, if we consider the potential harm that technology can cause on society, we can possibly save ourselves from irreparable damage.