Scientific discoveries represent progress for humanity, but that progress does not necessarily advance society in a positive manner. In Moore and Gibbons' graphic novel, Watchmen, and Shelley gothic novel, Frankincense, readers continually see one-in-a-hundred year scientific discoveries. The advances these books create thrust science to a level never before seen. Specifically, in Watchmen readers will see Commanding develop a creation which will destroy nearly all of Manhattan, killing three million innocent civilians. Undoubtedly a setback for human society.
Even though Commanding incontrovertibly advanced science those consequences held a active impact for humanity. We see this again in Shelley Frankincense. Victor Frankincense develops an intense passion for the sciences. This passion directly leads him creation of man. At first glance this sounds to be a definite advancement human society. It is not until after events unfolded where we learned the true consequences for Victor's achievements. This conundrum plays itself out in these selected works of literature, but also in modern society too.
Although at first glance scientific discoveries lead to extensive benefits for human society, the opposite occasionally presents itself, scientific discoveries holding clearly negative consequences for society. Sandiness's scientific creation and ultimate destruction of New York City in Moore and Gibbon's work, Watchmen, demonstrates the sometime clear negative repercussions of scientific advancement. The massive destruction of downtown Manhattan depicted shines a light on the absolute negative consequences of Sandiness's advancement (Moore and Gibbons 3:15).
Bodies hanging from window, smoke plumage, blood shattered glass, rubble all covering the streets, gore dripping room the storefronts, pain agony, despair all represented in the depiction of Manhattan, clearly point to the negative ramifications of Sandiness's scientific creation. Science does not always lead to positive human advancement. The severe destruction Moore and Gibbons chose to include points at the message they were attempting to readers. Countless time we see the media portraying the scientific advances benefiting society.
Cancer wonder drugs, stem cell research, and advancements on the HIVE/AIDS vaccine are all pushed into conscious minds of the populous. We as a society have become immune to the negative consequences of science. Moore and Gibbons deliberately included these graphic images of Manhattan to turn the readers worlds upside-down, proving scientific advances can in fact be negative. Shelley continues this ideas in Frankincense, as Victor blindly decides to achieve the unachievable, the creation of man, withholding any doubts of any possible negative consequences of his work.
Victor is blind to the fact of the possible adverse affects of his creation. Shelley depicts Victor in her novel as a naive and credulous scientist, bent on achieving his personal personal scientific goals at no matter the cost (Shelley 89). His blind ambition carries him until after he has created his discovery. It is not until he witness the monstrosity he has created, that he realized the full repercussions of his advancements to science. His ambition and drive s e ay NV Trot realizing ten atrocities wanly could De committee Dye Nils creation.
The killing of his family and loved ones could have easily been averted if for Just one moment Victor thought ahead to the possible outcomes and consequences of his actions. The death and destruction caused by Victor's scientific advancements and creations held a clear detrimental effect to society. Scientific discoveries and advancement will often lead to positive progress for humanity, such as medical and agricultural development, at first glance. It is not until one digs deeper and evaluates the possible negative ramifications.
Moore and Bibs depiction of the destruction of Manhattan, resulting from a major scientific advancement, to the blind ambition of Victor in his quest to create man and the various unfortunate events which originate from that. Even in the modern world we see scientific discoveries leading to direct negative repercussions for humanity, but sometimes they blur the line between right ND wrong. Take the Manhattan project for example, the quest to develop nuclear weapons held a clear negative outcome for humanity.
After the US dropped the bomb on Japan there was an immense outcry from all over the world. How could they have killed all of this innocent people? Why? These were questions that needed to be answered. The dropping of the bomb led to the surrender of Japan, saving countless lives. Who knows how many lives the US saved by dropping the bomb and averting an all out invasion of Japan? Was this a positive or negative progression of humanity?