Frankenstein’s monster, or just Frankenstein as most have come to know it by, is a fictional character that has been placed in reality for the purposes of science. The real purpose behind this study that was published by Bioscience was to determine whether or not the monster created by Victor Frankenstein in the novel by author Mary Shelley could indeed be capable of large-scale destruction, as theorized by many fans of the book.
The short answer to that is yes. Frankenstein could indeed bring down the entire human race. But the way that it would do it is not quite what you might think. As a matter of fact, it is completely different than what anyone might think of the creature, Frankenstein.
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Let’s just start with the basic tenets of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to get a better understanding of what the book was about. It is important to understand at this point that the book is much different than the cinema legend from Universal, also titled Frankenstein.
Marking it’s 200th anniversary, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is nearly as old as the United States. In the novel, Shelley focused much of the narrative from the point of view of the mad scientist that everyone has come to love, Victor Frankenstein.
Victor Frankenstein did indeed create a monster, but he abandoned it and left it to fend for itself across Europe. That is until Frankenstein (the nameless monster we have come to know by the creator’s last name) encounters his creator by chance in Switzerland. By this time, Frankenstein had impressively taught himself some basics about survival in the human world. As a matter of fact, Frankenstein taught himself three different languages and even started to understand the power of politics and how to use them to get what he wanted.
What had become apparent to Frankenstein is that if he wanted a mate, or a companion in this world, he would need the genius of his creator to obtain that. But Victor Frankenstein had already disavowed him as a creation, thus forcing Frankenstein the monster to take a diplomatic approach to convincing his maker that he should create a woman for him to live peacefully with.
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Frankenstein tried to convince his maker that he would take her away to the jungles of South America and they would never encounter mankind again if he agrees to create a female companion for him. Frankenstein needs his maker to be agreeable to this, to use his skills and education to do what he himself cannot, so he first attempts diplomacy and reasoning. But when that falls short, he must use his brute force and threats to get what he wants, thus forcing Frankenstein to kill the loved ones of Victor Frankenstein.
In the end, Victor Frankenstein abandons his pursuit to satisfy the monster, thus leading to tragic circumstances. But this decision is something that a modern science study has proven to be the best choice for mankind.
The study concludes that if Victor Frankenstein were to have finished his creation with the mate of his first monster, then evolutionary science certainly demands that their kind could eventually have caused a global extinction of mankind. Not from violence, but rather from breeding.
The basic concept here is that Frankenstein and his mate would have produced offspring and the eventual breeding would have knocked mankind off the top of the food chain.
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The fictional character of Frankenstein could regenerate his own flesh, as evidenced from a gunshot wound. The mate of Frankenstein, or the “bride” as popular culture likes to suggest, would also have these capabilities along with a strong, muscular body.
The results of the Frankenstein scientific study concluded that humans would have went extinct after a mere 4,188 years had Frankenstein taken a mate and lived in the wilds of South America.
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