understanding, I think Frankenstein and Brave New World were
trying to warn us about the misuse of technology. Both of the writings were
predictions of how the future would be. There are many secrets of nature that we
don't know today, which might be revealed by people in the future.
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein
is a young boy, who is always thirsty for knowledge. Because he sees the death
of his loving mother, he vowed to end mortality. He wanted to know how he could
stop death. Then he goes to a university in Ingolstadt and where he finds a
chemistry professor, who also has the same interest. From here, Victor starts to
create a human being. He mentioned this to no one it is solely a secret except
for a friend, who want to become a doctor. Finally, Victor finishes creating a
hideous monster. And he is disgust by his creation and runs away. Later, the
monster kills his younger brother William. Then Victor comes face to face with
the monster, which explains that he now understands the ways of humans. The
monster asks Victor to make another one of his kind so he will have a companion.
After a struggle, Victor agrees to the task to save his loved one. Since, his
beloved was framed for the murder of William she was killed. So Victory decides
to bring her back to life, after thinking about the monster he changes his mind.
In the end of the story he find a sailor, who is in search for glory in the
arctic regions, just before Victor dies he tells his story to the sailor. Then
the monster pursued and found him to be dead, he then had no reason to live
Huxley’s “Brave New World” the director of Central London Hatchery and
Conditioning Centre introduces a group of students about the facilities. The
students are seeing how more babies are being produced and being grouped into
different castes. He shows the students the incubators and many weeks supply of
ova. Then he explains the modern fertilizing process to them. Then he talks
about Bokanovsky’s Process, where one egg will generate eight to ninety six
buds and everyone will grow to normal embryos, and the embryos to full size
adults. This process mass produces human beings. Huxley describes a hideous
dsytopia. Where there’s social stability but humans lost their individuality,
creativity, and freedom.
are some similarities among them. Both Frankenstein and Brave New Word
are science fiction. In Frankenstein Victor he attends a university in
Ingolstadt to gain more knowledge that would enable stop death. In the same
manner in Brave New World eggs are developed in bottles and then its
transported on conveyor belts that stretch almost half a mile, where at every
meter the embryo is specifically conditioned for its future role. This is to
have social stability. When Victor engineered the monster he didn’t design the
monster in a way so that the monster would know how to control its emotions. In Brave
New World the artificial engineered humans were controlled by soma drugs,
which makes them happy all the time, ridding themselves of bad emotions and
liberty to will and imagination. Both of the stories were designed to have a
dystopia. Victor wanted to rid the world from diseases, which resulted in losing
the emotions of his creation and in a way lose of own will. Same in Brave New
World every artificially engineered human were clear of diseases; they
don’t have their own will, neither creativity nor imagination.
are some differences in both of the stores as well. In Frankenstein
Shelly emphasis the pride and egotism made up the basis of unbridal ambition.
Whereas in Huxley’s Brave New World he emphasis community, identity,
and stability to be the basis. Victor dealt more with physical parts of human
body to create new life but in Brave New World they dealt with genes and
DNA’s rather than physical parts; more like genetic engineering.
In Frankenstein there wasn’t much technology available as there
was in Brave New World and the two stories took place in different time
conclusion, both of the stories give us a warning about the misuses of
technology with out thinking about the consequence. Huxley predicted that
scientist could produce humans outside the womb. He was so right; isn’t this
possible today? Of course it is. Furthermore, scientists have decoded the DNA
and therefore genetic engineering has been greatly enhanced. Victor is almost
successful in bringing humans back to life but because he lacks in knowledge and
of his mistakes he failed. This failure is the warning of misuse of technology
and its consequences. And Huxley also delivers a valuable and a scary message in
his writings: we should take control of technology before it controls us.
Huxley, Aldous. “Brave New World.” Writing and
Reading Across the Curriculum. Ed. Behrens Laurence, Rosen J. Leonard.
Addison Wesley Longman: New York, 2000. 490-499
Frankenstein. Dir. James Ivory. Perf. Emma Thompson and Anthony
Hopkins. Merchant/Ivory and Film Four International, 1992.