The message Mary Shelly is passing along in, "Frankenstein," is her view of science as a scary, yet powerful entity. The book serves as a warning of the power of science, and if not properly controlled it could lead to misfortune. She showed this through what drove Victor Frankenstein to create a monster. At the end of the day, his use of science brought about unhappiness, aggression, and pain which led to his uses of science in the book relates to the many discoveries which had taken place. The discovery of electricity by Benjamin Franklin, and his realization of the use of electricity in medical procedures. Mary Shelley reflected the product of Benjamin Franklin's discoveries in this book. In the book, electricity was what gave life to the monster. Experiments showed that a dead frog jolted with the injection of electricity; this created a bridge between electricity and science related subjects, much like biology and chemistry.
This development led victor Frankenstein to think about the possibilities of creating life using the power of electricity and the body parts of a deceased people. After thorough studying, and research Victor says, "I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter." Victor Frankenstein realises the power he has with this knowledge, and considered the danger of this power. He says, "When I found so astonishing a power placed within my hands, I hesitated a long time concerning the manner in which I should employ it." This is significant to the plot, as it shows Victor understands the power he possesses, yet he acts anyway. Victor created life because of his greed, and the creature he created haunts him to the end because of it. The creature he gave life to deprives Victor of his own.
Victor Frankenstein had a form of duality, because the man and the monster seemed like two halves of one being held together by ...
In the old days, the idea of travel or taking a holiday was the monopoly of the privileged few. Today, science has given us the steamer, the aircraft and the motor-car. New horizons are opened to us and the increase of wealth brought about by science has given us the means to enjoy the new leisure we have been given. But to enjoy life at all, we must be healthy and it is perhaps in the sphere of medicine that some of the greatest advances have been made. Today, because of the use of antibiotic and isotopes, many diseases are speedily cured and man has become, on the whole, a healthier being, set free from pain and illness. Science has been completely beneficial to ordinary living when properly applied. When misused, it is equally harmful. Land can be poisoned by chemicals, workers can suffer industrial disease, war can mobilize science to man's own destruction. Science is a good servant, but man must remain master.