More Science, More Problems
Frankenstein is a classic and clearly timeless text that many teachers use in their classrooms. Having said that, however, it's rather difficult to get students excited about a story involving science, broodiness, and thick description. Nonetheless, teachers can leverage the scientific aspects of the novel to make connections to many modern issues, adaptations, and other current tie-ins. Frankenstein as a cautionary tale about science-running-amuck certainly resonates with issues like cyberspace, cloning, and artificial intelligence, which currently surround young people and daily shape their lives. Many students, for example, have seen A.I. or I, Robot.
Additionally, the turbulent weather described in Frankenstein – although not engaging in and of itself when stripped of context – becomes relevant for students when linked to the volcano that Shelley was experiencing when she wrote the novel, and some dramatic modern examples. Students may recall the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, the Gulf Coast oil spill, and a myriad of other popular weather patterns with profound social and environmental implications.