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Frankenstein Group Project

12/14/2011

The Modern Prometheus

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Part 1

Scientist 1: Ladies and Gentlemen – for a long time people took Victor Frankenstein’s experiment as a sign that science was evil. The monster was hideous, the monster killed people, and the monster was a result of science. Thus, they reasoned, science too should be put to death.

Scientist 2: But is it really science that is the problem? Was the creation of the monster wrong from the start? We think not.

Scientist 1: For science itself is objective. Science is a tool that carries no moral qualms, and it is those that wield this tool that need to be held accountable.

Scientist 2: Such an experiment does not reflect the shortcomings of science – it reflects the fallibility of mankind. It was Victor Frankenstein who turned his creation into a monster through his neglect.

Investor: So… what are you saying?

Scientist 1: If we could re-do Victor’s experiment with the knowledge we gained from the last one, we could use the science he discovered for good instead.

Scientist 2: We are sure that this time around, we can create a being that will assist the world, and help us on our journey forward into progress. We are sure that we will succeed.

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Part 2: The Creation

(Black and white) Victor narration: “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me.”

Scientist 1‘s narration: We were determined that our creation would be different. True, Victor – like us – had started off with good intentions, be we could learn from his past mistakes. This time… This time it would be different.

(Black and white) Victor narration: “How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! — Great God! These luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast.”

Scientist 1’s narration: We tried to make a beautiful being. But something… something was decidedly unnatural about it. It was no matter, we told ourselves. We would care for it no matter what. We would make our endeavor a success.

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Part 3: The Development

(Black and white) Monster’s narration: “All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. How dare you sport thus with life? Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind.”

Scientist 2’s narration: Victor’s problem had been that he had been too cowardly to face up to what he had done. Through science he had created something with so much potential, but he had been unable to realize it because of his own weakness.

We were determined we would not do the same, and in the coming months we taught and cared for our creation. Our investor’s monitored our progress, and hope grew that we really had created a being that could be used for good. People began to talk about involving the government.

And that’s when something changed in us.

We had worked so laboriously on this project. We had stayed up for months on end working and perfecting our product. We had created it – we had given it life.

And just as weakness had consumed Victor, greed consumed us. We withdrew from society and began to work secretively – planting dangerous ideas in our monster’s head, and working to create more… a whole army of them…

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Part 4: Courtroom

Scientist 1: So that is why we are here, in front of you today, being tried for conspiracy against the government. But before you lay judgement, let us just say that we did not start with this intent.

Scientist 2: We thought… we just thought it would be different this time around. We thought we could improve upon the past. But perhaps it was not an endeavor we should have even begun. Perhaps there are some things humans should not attempt to do – not because of any fault of science, but because of the fallibility of mankind.

Scientist 1: Science created a brilliant creature with the capacity to do so much good. Even Frankenstein’s monster wanted to be a part of society.

(Black and white) Monster’s narration: I looked upon them as superior beings, who would be the arbiters of my future destiny. I formed in my imagination a thousand pictures of presenting myself to them, and their reception of me. By my gentle demeanour and conciliating words, I should first win their favour, and afterwards their love.

Scientist 2: But despite this potential, I warn those out there not to follow our path. Science is a tool for progress capable of creating so much good, but that is not enough. Mankind must be held accountable to science, but it does not hold up. We are not God, and our weaknesses must serve as boundaries which hold us back from doing things we can not – things we should not.

(Black out)

Monster: “Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend.”

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