Do you think the lesson that the monster in Frankenstein learns (that society values people of noble birth or wealth over those without) applies to today's society? Why or why not?

To explain your position on why the lesson that the monster in Frankenstein learns about people of wealth and noble birth does or does not apply to today, examine cultural attitudes and explain why the monarchy continues to be valued in many countries.

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Today, many countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have monarchs. For example, Queen Elizabeth is the current monarch of the UK, while King Felipe reigns as the Spanish monarch. In the case of Queen Elizabeth, her personal income is listed as billions of dollars.

She is also the head of state of 16 commonwealth states. When Queen Elizabeth attends events around the world, like the recent one to mark the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force, she makes front-page news. People talk about the events for days.

Similarly, royal weddings in the UK are a source of fascination for many around the world. The wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle was televised across the globe, for instance. Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton both have 10 million followers on Instagram.

For your assignment, you can also provide examples of other monarchs who are similarly popular.

Below, you'll find links that list all of the current monarchies in the world. At their heart, modern monarchies are largely ceremonial positions. This has led many to question their legitimacy. For example, the debate about retaining the monarchy has increasingly led the public conversation in the UK.

However, studies show that at least seventy-five of UK residents want to retain the monarchy. Certainly, this supports the notion that we place greater value on people of noble birth and wealth. Again, our collective fascination with all things royal can be seen in the number of social media followers modern kings, queens, princes, and princesses boast.

As in the monster's time, our fascination may have its roots in how we view those of noble birth and wealth—as symbols of strength, empowerment, and stability. Thus, they are representations of endurance. In times of change, this is a source of comfort for many.

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