Who: All periods
Set-up: While most people think that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is simply a ‘monster story’, it’s really a ‘morality tale’.
Ultimately, readers are faced with determining if the creator (Dr. Frankenstein) or his creation (his monster) is more morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in terms of what ‘sparks’ their actions/choices.
Challenge: With that in mind, let’s take an on-line morality test — sponsored by Harvard University — that asks us to consider whether ‘morality’ is based on a) the specific situation and/or b) choosing between the ‘lesser of two evils’. Do the following:
- Take this test. It’ll take approximately 5-10 minutes (depending on how long you take to read the various questions. Note, some of them seem similar, but the final ‘question’ or some of the details will change from question to question).
- Write a response to what the test is trying to determine in terms of how you view ‘morality’.
Length: 5+ sentences (after you take the test).