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Frankenstein and Scientific Regulation

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is an outstanding novel in the science fiction field. Not only for its thrilling content, but for its underlying messages about the dangers of technology. While curiosity is often considered a good thing in science, Victor Frankenstein took his natural curiosity too far when he decided to create life.

This novel shows the need for regulation and moral codes in scientific and technological fields. In the medical field, doctors take an oath to first do no harm. This is an important code that doctors must adhere to. It is a guiding principle that helps them make decisions in their day to day life. Since lives are at stake, it is important that they have rules and guidelines to help them make important decisions. When Frankenstein was making his monster, lives were also at stake because he was creating a new life in an unnatural way. Since he did not have any sort of rules, he left the monster to suffer. He was disgusted by his creation so he ignored him. Due to his treatment, the monster felt scorned and miserable. This forced him to go on a rampage where other people got killed. Obviously, Frankenstein’s actions had consequences on human life, like a doctors actions do. Therefore, when it comes to science’s involvement of human life, scientist should have to take a similar oath to that of doctors.

This has relevance today too. Science is responsible for keeping thousands of humans healthy. Scientists are responsible for important research about new ways to treat and prevent diseases. Scientists can also use their knowledge for not morally sound actions too. For example, they have the ability to make new chemicals and diseases that are able to hurt people. This is evident with the invention of chemical weapons. Since these scientific creations have to ability to hurt and kill people, scientists should be held to the same standards as doctors today.


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