This research topic is offered for Frankenstein.
'Ethics'...By definition, a discipline dealing with good and evil and with moral duty. Moral principles and practices.
Using the novel 'Frankenstein' especially the actions of Victor Frankenstein research the technological parallels between the fiction of Frankenstein and the reality of 21st century science. (for example, stem cell research or clone experimentation.)
What does Shelley suggest to the reader by the literary themes in 'Frankenstein'? Is she warning humanity of its potential destruction by tampering too far into the unknown, or does she suggest the human quest for knowledge is a noble undertaking?
It is my opinion that a research paper should dig into subject matter, and Mary Shelley's novel offers a unique opportunity for the student to not only to do research but offers a path for the student to realize the worth of their own conclusions. If you tell the students that their conclusions are important and that the integrity of those conclusions will not be judged by you (other than the grammar, style,etc.) It will foster a mutual respect of which I've always found very rewarding. Good Luck !!!!