What is the role of science in Frankenstein?

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Science is what sort of tempts Victor away from relationships with his friends and family, his appreciation for nature, and even his morality. He tells Walton of his feelings while he worked to complete his experiment, saying, "often did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation, whilst, still urged on by an eagerness which perpetually increased, I brought my work near to a conclusion." He feels that a significant, human portion of himself was disgusted and upset by his actions, and yet he continued on, determined to distinguish himself in his field. Further, he says that, although it was a beautiful season and abundant harvest, his "eyes were insensible to the charms of nature." These same feelings also cause him "to forget those friends who were so many miles absent." In other words, science provides an arena in which Victor can and does lose himself. It is as though Shelley is warning readers about such dangers of science: humans should not start thinking of themselves as...

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