The Fear Of Science


To live in the today's world is to be surrounded by the products of
science. For it is science that gave our society color television, the bottle
of aspirin, and the polyester shirt. Thus, science has greatly enhanced our
society; yet, our society are still afraid of the effect of science. This fear
of science can be traced back to the nineteenth century where scientist had to
be secretative in experimenting with science. Although science did wonders in
the nineteenth century, many people feared science and its effects because of
the uncertainty results of science.

Our thrist for science can be traced back through many decades.
However, the nineteenth century society felt that ...

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of the evolution of man because it went against their
religion, which believed that God created the world. Science, soon, developed
the big bang theory, which states that earth was created by the attraction of
atoms. The nineteenth century society was afraid of science because it
contradicted their beliefs, and was afraid that the results of science would
lead to the destruction of mankind. Thus, the study of science was limited
because of fear of its effects.

The fear of the effects of science was expressed in literature. Novels
like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Time Machine, and Frankenstein showed the
dangers of science and that science would soon lead to the destruction of
mankind.

The novel Frankenstein is about a man name Victor Frankenstein who
wanted to tamper with life and death by "exploring unknown powers, and unfold
to the world the deepest mysteries of creation." (Frankenstein, pg.40) He
acquired the knowledge of science when he attended the ...

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"turned loose into the world a
depraved wretch, whose delight was in carnage and misery." (Frankenstein,
pg.74) Frankenstein's monster caused "the death of William, the execution of
Justine (a servant of the Frankenstein since childhood, who was framed by
Frankenstein's monster), the murder of Clerval (Frankenstein's closes friend
since childhood) and lastly [Victor's] wife (Elizabeth Lavenza)." (Frankenstein,
pg.213) Frankenstein not only blamed the murders of his loved ones on his
monster, he blamed himself for creating the monster. Throughout Frankenstein,
the words "friend, monster, daemon, vile insect, enemy, and abhorred devil"
were used by Frankenstein to describe the monster ...

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