Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was written right around the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The world had a strong appetite for scientific progress and overall quality of life was beginning to improve dramatically. It was a time period where technology greatly accelerated and penetrated practically every field of science and revolutionized economies.

Frankenstein serves to highlight the danger of humanity’s unchecked pursuit of knowledge. Frankenstein’s scientific meaning lies in man’s ability to create. Mary Shelley acknowledges that in the 18th century, man is potentially scientifically prepared to create, and warns of the potential consequences that would arise from the ethical issues surrounding resurrection or creation. She additionally communicates that scientific process is unequivocally essential to the ethically responsible scientist. Overall, her reasoning carries over to a philosophical viewpoint about human nature. Humans are capable of feeling immense love, hate and often think emotionally first, logically second.

Mary Shelley has a point about the importance of scientific ethics. It’s not okay to experiment at the detriment of a person’s life in the name of scientific progress. However, delving into the subtext, Mary Shelley reveals that such scientific curiosity is innate to humanity and inseparable from the human condition.