By Rebecca Messbarger
Professor of Italian; Cofounder and Director, Medical Humanities Minor
Next year, the world will mark the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, Mary Shelly’s enduring vision of the ruinous consequences of modernity divorced from human welfare.
It is a cautionary tale for our time.
The tragedies strewn across Shelley’s novel are born of the reckless ambition of Victor Frankenstein, who exploits the latest tools of science to conquer death. In the malignant gloom of his laboratory, he bends the force of lightning to his intellectual will. Frankenstein’s obsessive, self-glorifying pursuit of “the spark of being” is a perversion of the Enlightenment promise to better the human condition through scientific discovery. He, not science or his creature, is the real monster. Continue reading by clicking here.