Ever since man evolved, technology has been improving. There has also been the debate of whether these improvements are necessary, harmful, or important. Some can argue that these advancements can be harmful, and that technology is moving faster than man can contend with. That argument is the premises, moral, and plot base for Mary Shelley's tale Frankenstein. On the other hand, J. Michael Bishop's, essay "Enemies of Promise" on the other hand promotes and boast sciences achievements. However, Mary Shelley presents her point of view subtly yet very dramatically, which is much more effective than that of J. Michael Bishop. The dramatic story Shelley creates becomes a part of the reader, therefore holding the readers attention. Shelley's essay is less concrete therefore won't bore the reader. Shelley's essay is also more effective, because she shows the effect of science and technology and how it can be harmful, rather than just presenting the idea that it may be harmful and just letting the readers ponder at that. Shelley guides the reader through the error and harm that the monster and Victor Frankenstein have created.
In Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" the advancements of technology and its negative affect on humanity is the key role in the progression in the story. In "Frankenstein" Victor Frankenstein uses advancements in technology to create animation, which at the beginning seems like it can only be helpful. In the end however, Frankenstein realizes what a mistake he has made, and his reaction toward his success is unmistaken. In this quote he is reflecting on his creation and him bestowing the gift of life upon it, and what a mistake it has been, " no mortal could support the horror that countenance I gazed upon him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived" (Shelley 235).