Frankenstein - Social Responsibility Essay

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Frankenstein - Social Responsibility

Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein in a time of wonder. A main wonder was whether you could
put life back into the dead. Close to the topic of bringing life back into the dead was
whether you could create your own being, like selective breeding but a bit more powerful.


Close to where Mary lived there was a man named Vultair was experimenting putting
electricity through Frogs to see if they could come back to life. With that going on close
to her as well as the fear of a revolution and the pressure on her to think of a ghost
story it is not surprising she thought of a horror story that would still be popular in
the 21st Century.


Now I have explained where the story came from and why it is as it is I will explain the
social responsibility it brings up and how it is still important today.


Looking after something you create is one point it brings up. Frankenstein created his
creature so he should have looked after it but instead just because he didn't like the way
it looked he ran away. He never taught his creature anything so for all the creature knew
it could have been okay to kill people and suchlike. That relates to today as some
children who were not taught right from wrong by their parents watch films like Scream and
I know what you did last summer where murdering seems cool as it involves Jennifer Love
Hewit, Sarah Michelle Geller and Neve Cambell getting killed. The children watch these and
think "I want to be like that scary guy with the mask" and they go and try to kill
someone. If they do they get charged for the offence but many people think that the
children's parents should be blamed as they never taught the child right from wrong and
they didn't stop the child (sometimes as young as eight or nine) from watching the video
which is rated eighteen or fifteen. When the filmmakers hear about how their film was
responsible for a death they never (except for once) take the film away from the public
and what they usually do is make a less violent sequel, which isn't really helping anyone
and less violence still is some violence.


Teaching a child right from wrong is another point it brings up but I feel I have covered
this point in the section above.


Responsibility towards family is another point Frankenstein brings up. This point can be
taken in two ways that Frankenstein was irresponsible to his creature or that the creature
was irresponsible to Frankenstein. Frankenstein was irresponsible to his creature by
running away and to his creature Frankenstein was his family and Frankenstein was
responsible for teaching him right from wrong, how to ride a bike etc. Instead he ran
away. The creature was irresponsible to Frankenstein as when Frankenstein left he should
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