Forbidden Knowledge Of The Scientific World Engl 2331 Essay

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Forbidden Knowledge
Forbidden knowledge and anxiety about science seems to be a recurring theme in science fiction stories. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a good example of how powerful nature can be, as well as a warning against going too far in pursuing the forbidden knowledge of science and technology. Even though, Victor’s quest to recreate a human being proved to be successful, the cost of the experiment far outweighed his success. One would think it would be something to celebrate, but instead he ends up alienating his creation because of the disgust he feels towards him. This action caused the wretch to take matters into his own hands. He began to let his loneliness turn into evil, which led him to kill those closest to Victor, his creator. Shelley shows how powerful nature is when the wretch sometimes shows that he can be compassionate and loving. However, his hateful tendencies hides that power of nature also. The power of nature is also proven with the death of both Victor and the wretch in the end. Nature took its toll on Victor because of all the remorse he had for creating the wretch, and essentially the wretch turns himself over to nature. In my opinion, it seems that Shelley’s warnings are too beware of going out of the bounds of mankind with science experiments, and not to underestimate how the power of nature works in life.
The second text I think that shows these warning signs in science is Nathaniel...

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