Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Science Fiction Explored in Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The

The Legacy of Science Fiction Explored in Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Invisible Man Science Fiction is a branch of literature that explores the possibilities of human scientific advances, especially technological ones. Mary Shelleys Frankenstein (published in 1818) was a precursor of the genre which was established by Jules Vernes myths of the late 1800s. HG Wells at the turn of the twentieth century brought more scientific rigour in his works, such as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The struggle of the Worlds. Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke are among the most familiar writers of science fiction of the modern era (Cambridge Encyclopaedia, 1994). However, works from an earlier time, Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevensons Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and H.G.Wells The Invisible Man, have had a profound work out on thinking about science and its relationship to humanity and the world we live in. AU1This essay explores the cultural legacy of these three works and se eks to explain why they have been so influential. Frankenstein explores many issues related to science and humanityAU2. Behrendt has identified some of the themes as individual and class alienation, social conditioning, gender stereotyping, conflict between wise intellect and intuitive emotion and the revisionist Romantic view of the relation between God and humanity AU3(1990). Alienation is seen in the fact that Frankenstein left community to do his experiments, and refused to share with others what he had found at the same time he utterly abandoned the life that he created (Madigan 2000, cited in Penner nd). AU4Gender stereotyping is noted by Johnson (1987) who sees the novel as the story of a man who usurps the female role b... ...984) Science and society A brief look at the Invisible Man. The Wellsian, 7 19-23AU11 Suvin, D (1991) Wells as the Turning Point of SF tradition. In J Huntington (ed) (1991). Critical essays on H.G. Wells. Boston G.K. HallAU12. US National Library of Medicine (Feb 2002) Frankenstein Penetrating the secrets of Nature. Online obtainable http//www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/frankenstein/frank.birth.html Accessed 13 June 2002AU1Thesis statementAU2Topic sentenceAU3Year of pub put here to mark off Behrendt from next referenceAU4 Content-prominent reference because it is not controversialAU5Author-prominent because it is an opinion.AU6Topic sentenceAU7Direct credit ratingAU8Link with preceding paragraphAU9ConclusionAU10Chapter in book edited by two authorsAU11Journal articleAU12Chapter in book edited by one author

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