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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Frankenstein and Darwin

Frankenstein is commonly thought of alternatively as an early science fiction novel and a model of Gothic Fiction. Review the National Library of Medicine’s website: Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. Evaluate the cultural fear that underlies much of the book. Compare and contrast the cultural response of Frankenstein with that of Darwin’s work on evolution. How does this help explain Darwin’s hesitancy in publishing his own work? Lastly, think of how scientists are portrayed in popular culture today. Is it much different than the way Dr. Frankenstein (a fictional character) and Darwin (a biologist) were portrayed? Please give specific examples to support your point of view.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references. By Day 7, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts and one of your instructor’s.

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