What did Victor Frakenstein do right when it came to doing the experiment?In my English class, we are having a trial to see if he crossed the line when he took random body parts from the graveyard...

What did Victor Frakenstein do right when it came to doing the experiment?

In my English class, we are having a trial to see if he crossed the line when he took random body parts from the graveyard and put them together and I'm on the defence, saying that it didn't cross the line, that what he did was right, and that there were no things that were unethical to his experiment! I need so facts supporting the reason that he didn't cross the line with the experiment!!! Thanks so much!

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mvmaurno | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I do a very similar activity with my twelfth graders, so I hope to give you some insight on what is, at times, the harder point of view to defend.  It may be argued that Victor Frankenstein has not crossed the line because he is acting for a greater cause, which is to determine if death can be beat.  He is grieving the loss of his mother and wants to provide hope for himself and others who may have suffered the loss of a loved one. This hope lies in the possibility of defying death to achieve immortality. A scientist takes risks to make discoveries beneficial to mankind.  As he plans this endeavor, he has no idea that his creature will become a monster.  Of course, you don't want to delve into that too much because that would cross over into the other side of the coin that Victor should have shown responsibility for his creation, which in turn might have prevented the resulting monster.  Hopefully, this will give you a good starting point!

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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One more way to persuade your audience might be through analogy.  Today doctors use hearts, kidneys, and other body parts of those that have died to give life to sick people who would probably not live without them.  This "organ transplant" is now acceptable and indeed thought noble, many people donating parts of their body to science before they die to enable others to live. While Victor does more than this, it is also important to remember that rules are often broken in the search for the greater good.  It is true that Victor's motives were partly selfish in that he wanted knowledge for its power, he also thought he would be doing something, in the long run, beneficial to humankind ( a stretch, but possible).

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Be aware that in Victor's time, as today, it is illegal to collect anything from graveyards and charnal houses.  So, in that respect, he IS crossing the line of justice.  However, he is breaking the law for what he believes is the greater good of humanity.  If he is able to learn something valuable, all people benefit and the small issue of breaking the law to do it can be swept aside to make room for all the accolades and awards he most certainly will be granted.

Good Luck!  Sounds fun.  :)

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Victor is a scientist.  He is studying hard at school and he is determined to help humanity.  The creation of life size model is, for him, the perfect way to study and learn all he can and the human body to contribute to people everywhere.  In his science classes, he has been experimenting on and investigating dead bodies.  This has been condoned by the universtiy and by his mentors. How is going into the graveyard and taking body parts any different than this?  Isn't the goal of his plans, his intentions, enough to justify performing the same acts that universities were performing?

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