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What The Doctor Ordered

Life is a rat race.In order to succeed, one is required to stay in the front of the pack.To lead a happy, loving life, however, one must stop and smell the roses so the meaningful qualities in life don’t pass you by.A prime example of a person who overlooks this aspect of life can be found in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.Through Dr. Frankenstein, Shelley warns readers of the consequences of playing god and allowing business to take you away from the simple pleasures in life.As shown through him, too much knowledge and determination may not be what the doctor ordered.
Frankenstein illustrates god-like characteristics by creating a living creature.As a boy he was “deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge” (22), and obtained an “eager desire to learn” (23).This dedication and love for science he pursued led him to crave more and strive to go one step further than other scientists have in the past.Devoting his life to learning the sciences of the human frame, Frankenstein became “capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter” (37), and recognizes the chance to become the father of a new type of species he can take credit for.Ironically, Frankenstein’s creature obtains the power to destroy his creator, along with all civilization.If God, the single perfect being, cannot create perfect life, how could an imperfect person possibly do it?Frankenstein is oblivious to the danger of his knowledge and to the “citadel of nature” (25) he will enter by becoming aware of the “secrets of heaven and earth” (23).Frankenstein travels down a dangerous path when he goes as far as to play God by exploring supernatural life and after his work is complete, he fearfully realizes that he not only created a new life, but with that life, he brought a new form of evil into the world.
During the two years Frankenstein worked on his creation he became totally absorbed in his work…


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