TheFrankenstein Play: Analysis
TheFrankenstein Play: Analysis
TheFrankenstein play is a stage adaptation of the novel Frankenstein byEnglish writer Mary Shelley. Victor Frankenstein is a scientist whomakes a monster from dead bodies. The unusual experiment creates amonster that would later on reign destruction on the life of hiscreator and loved ones. Frankenstein wanted to advance humanity butinstead created a creature that terrified him. The resentment bypeople angers the creature and causes it to be vengefulhe killsFrankenstein’s brother as a result. Victormeets up with thecreature, who asks him to make him a female companion so that hecould leave the humans alone. Victor makes him the female but refusesto give her to the creature based on the fear that he would create arace of monsters. Victor marries his fiancée Elizabeth and on theirwedding night, he tells her all about the monster he had created.Later on that evening, the creature rapes and kills Elizabeth.Frankenstein pursues the creature where he begs it to put him out ofhis misery. In this connection, this paper will discuss how science,scientists, and technologyare portrayedin the film and their purposesin an analytical manner.
Thefilm depicts science as a powerful yet destructive tool if misused.Frankenstein knew the power he had but still went ahead and used it.The story is set at a time when many discoveries were happening, oneof them being electricity. In essence, electricity was what gave thecreature life in Frankenstein’s quest to advance humanity he madehimself a god. Victor says, “I succeeded in discovering the causeof generation and life nay, more, I became myself capable ofbestowing animation upon lifeless matter (Dear, 2016).” Givinglife to the creature became the beginning of his destruction.Frankenstein misused the power of science for his selfish purposes.The film shows how science can have good and bad consequences at thesame time. Electricity, as used in the medical field to performactions like X-rays, is a positive result of science. The creation ofthe monster by Victor Frankenstein is a negative consequence ofscience. His creation gives him misery that leads to his failinghealth and alienation from his family and God. In modern times, themonster can represent people who have been victims of failed science.In this case, science pushes Victor out of spiritual growth becausehe becomes too dependent on science.
Victor’sexperience with science warns that any discovery should have somethought put into it. A factor like the effect of the experiment onhumanity and its relevance should be considered before commencing atrial. Over-reliance on science can be disastrous since it alienatesan individual from God and family members. Science in the film playeda crucial role in showing that just because a person has power theydo not necessarily have to use it.
VictorFrankenstein is the main character and scientist in this story. Hecreated a monster with the help of science, which became thebeginning of his downfall. Frankenstein can be a warning story toscientists who engulf themselves in their discoveries for the purposeof greed (Milner, 2011). In this film, scientists are portrayed asgreedy, selfish, irresponsible, and non-religious people. In Milner’sbook (2011) from the creature’s side of the story, he blamesFrankenstein for his misfortunes and bringing him into the worldwhere people hate him. Irresponsibility on Frankenstein’s part isevident since he should have taken accountability for his creationand not abandon it. Victor desired to give life to innate objectsthis means that he had greed for power over life. Frankenstein’spursuit to become God and create a life portrays him asnon-religious the pursuit deters his spiritual growth. In thisstory, one can draw parallels to scientists today whose creation suchas atomic bombs cause destruction. The greed still drives scientiststoday who create drugs that are supposed to treat diseases but end upcausing more harm than good.
Scientistscan make discoveries that are essential to humanity however, it isimportant to note that there should be moderation in everything.Frankenstein’s story is a warning that greed for power can bedestructive. Besides, using moderation in the power granted to anindividual is also imperative. The purpose of scientists isdiscovering new horizons in science, but the pursuit should have somethought put into it.
Frankensteinsets up at a time when there was a minimal advancement in technologyit was more of a fantasy at the time. In Shelley (2014) Victor says“I collected bones from charnel houses and distributed withprofane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame” theassembly of his tools considered as harnessing technology consideringthe period. Technology at that time was merely using availableresources and tools for creation. Technology robs an individual ofthe soul as they become too dependent on it humans lose theirfreedom to machines (Dear, 2011). Technology often leads people tolose their moral compass, as they want to pursue more each time.
Thepurpose of technology in the story is to warn that over-indulgenceleads to destruction. Although the advancement in technology wasminimal, Frankenstein used the available resources for his creation(Dear, 2011).
Insummation, Frankenstein is a young scientist who tries to advancehumanity by creating a creature. His experiment fails as he ends upcreating a monster, which marks the beginning of his downfall. Victormisuses the power of science, yet he knew how lethal it could be hiscreation causes him misery. Scientists’ greed is evident in thestory Victor uses the power of science for his selfish purposes whenhe uses electricity to give the creature life. Frankenstein relies onscience too much and forgets about God. Technological advancementduring the Frankenstein period was low, yet he used the minimalresources for his creation. The Frankenstein story is a warning toirresponsible and greedy scientists today.
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