Frankenstein and Brave New World

 

            From my 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 anymore.

 

In 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.

 

There 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.

 

There 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 periods. 

 

In 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.

 

 

 

REFERENCE

 

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.

 

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