The Selfish Use Of Science And Technology In Frankenstein And Never Let Me Go

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Science and technology used in both the novel and the film, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “Never Let Me Go” by Mark Romanek is used selfishly because neither Frankenstein’s monster nor the clones benefit from their creation. Frankenstein’s monster was only created to boost Frankenstein’s ego but once the monster was brought to life he was immediately rejected and by everyone including Frankenstein. The monster’s original objective was to find a companion but as society continued to fuel his rage, his motives became hostile. The clone’s creation was also to only serve one purpose which was to donate their own organs to people that weren’t clones.

The scientific discoveries and experiments happening in the era at which Mary Shelley wrote the novel as well as some of her past experiences would’ve assisted her in writing Frankenstein. Many scientific experiments involving galvanism were occurring when Mary Shelley wrote the novel, which plays a huge part in Frankenstein. Galvanism is when electric currents are used to make dead creatures muscles contract and twitch. Mary Shelley travelled to Europe in 1814 and visited Frankenstein’s castle where apparently many strange scientific experiments had happened inside hundreds of years before. Frankenstein was written because Mary Shelley, her husband and her friend Lord Bryon were trapped in a house due to a storm outside and they passed time by a challenge that Lord Bryon suggested to create a horror story. Mary Shelley didn’t get credited on her novel “Frankenstein” as it was released anonymously

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Never Let Me Go is both a novel and a film. The text was written by a British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro and was directed by Mark Romanek. The scientific focus at the time of the novel was about cloning which influenced Ishiguro on the creation of the novel. A scientific experiment was conducted 5 years before the novels release and a decade before the film’s release which involved cloning. The experiment involved the cloning of a sheep named Dolly. Dolly was the first mammal to have ever been genetically modified and cloned. Mark Romanek really enjoyed the novel and immediately after finishing the book he was determined on creating a film based on the text. Mark Romanek stated that he found the novel “daring and beautiful”. Romanek respected both Ishiguro and his novel so when creating the movie, he made sure to keep Ishiguro close as to not add anything into the film that Ishiguro might disagree with. When Kazuo Ishiguro first saw the movie, he was very impressed with Mark Romanek’s and the actors work and even went so far as to say “I wish I could cut 100 pages out of my novel now that I’ve seen the film”.

In “Frankenstein” when the monster is still inanimate Frankenstein is ambitious to bring it to life because he believes that by doing so will unlock the secret of life and death, with no thought of the consequences that may come after the monster’s resurrection. That ambition quickly deteriorates when monster is brought to life. Frankenstein truly sees how horrific his creation really is and completely abandons the creature because of its appearance. After Frankenstein’s abandonment, the creature was also rejected by society despite the innocence of the monster. The creature did not mean anyone harm but after being rejected time after time he snapped and went on a rampage powered by revenge.

The creation of Frankenstein’s creature was also to fuel Frankenstein’s ego as being the first person to create an organism. Everyone that died at the hands of the monster is because of Frankenstein’s ignorance and lack of generosity. If Frankenstein had helped the monster instead of casting him away no one would have died. Frankenstein had two chances to show generosity but failed both times. As soon as the creature was brought to life Frankenstein could have shown sympathy for the monster and helped him instead of immediately rejecting him. When the creature came back to Frankenstein seeking a companion, Frankenstein could have built him one instead of denying the monster’s request.

The clones in “Never Let Me Go” were created for only one purpose which was for organ donation to people who weren’t clones. Even though the clones weren’t any different to the rest of society, they were rejected rights and were forced to keep donating their body parts. A clone named Kathy is the narrator throughout the whole film, so the audience viewed the film through a clones point of view, causing the audience to empathise them. The clones hated the way they were treated but unlike “Frankenstein” no act of revenge or protest was formed, and they accepted their fates. As children the clones learnt that the only reason, they are alive is to serve as organ donors with no other purpose which is why there was no dispute against it.

In the film, some of the clones seek methods to try and delay their organ removal. Two clones, Rodney and Chrissie are in love and they try to use that love to stay free people for at least another 5 years. Their desperate display of compassion for one another is still unfortunately completely overlooked and they are still forced to donate their organs when required to. This shows how heartless and selfish society is. To still force clones into organ donations even after it has been proven that there is nothing separating clones from normal society confirms that clones are viewed only as body parts to normal society.

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