Want to learn something about a society? Then take a look at what sort of fictional monsters are currently in vogue. What we fear tells us what kind of people we are.
Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein (subtitled The Modern Prometheus) expressed, among other things, the early 19th-century concern over how far man should go in trying to tame and manipulate the natural world. It was the dawn of the industrial revolution in England, and it was not at all clear that this was a good thing. According to Anna North in a NYT op-ed, Shelley's book
came out at a time when experiments like Galvani’s with electricity were challenging previous ideas about the basis of life. “People were really nervous...READ MORE