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The Reality of Cloning

Jerry L. Hall, then a researcher at the George Washington University Medical Center, presented the results of his in-vitro fertilization experiment at the 1993 meeting of the American Fertility Society in Montreal. Dr. Hall gave an interesting speech and the comments on his speech consisted of “nice job” and other positive remarks. On his return to George Washington University, Dr. Hall expected the same feedback, and he was shocked when the October 26, 1993 cover of the New York Times announced, “Scientist clones human embryos, and creates an ethical challenge.”

Ethicists pictured images of baby farming and of clones cannibalized for “spare parts.” Protesters chanted on the streets to immediately ban human-embryo cloning. The cover of Newsweek had images of babies in beakers, and the debate concerning test tube babies resurfaced. L’Osservatore Romano from Vatican city stated these “procedures could lead humanity down a tunnel of madness.” And many other groups and individuals expressed their horror of cloning humans. Professor Hans Bernhard Wuermeling, a medical ethicist at the University o…

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…y the price for Michael Jordan if this was a possibility? Be at rest, no Hitler race will take over the world in the near future. But Jerry Hall may help many couples have families because the goal of his experiment was to help people.

Works Cited

Elmer-Dewitt, Philip. Where Do We Draw the Line? Time. November 8, 1997: 64-70.

Herbert, Wray. The World After Cloning. U.S. News and World Report. March 10, 1997: 59-64.

Scientist clones human embryos, and creates an ethical challenge. New York Times. October 26, 1993: A1.

Jane Austen’s View of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s View of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want if a wife”

This comment is humorous and satirical, but holds an underlying truth. The fact that Jane Austen opens the novel with such a comment on marriage evidences the importance of the theme in the book. Indeed the novel is all about marriage in society. Austen lived in a time when marriage was the only way out for some women, or they would be forced to become a governess and lose their independence. The way that this opening sentence is out provides another theme, satire. Austen sees the following marriages that she writes on as amusing but they are still frowned upon, such as the marriage of Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas. Austen sees this marriage as beneficial for both partners. He can potter around the garden and suck up to Lady Catherine deBourgh, while Charlotte spends her time alone reading.

The first marriage to be examined is that of Mr and Mrs Bennet. This is not a marriage of love, but of vulgarity and shallow natures of both parties. Mr Bennet is of a higher class than Mrs Bennet, who is “a woman of mean understanding” contrasting Mr Bennet’s “quick parts”. They have been married 23 years and at once, the Bennets realise that they have absolutely nothing in common, so they withdraw from each other. Mr Bennet spends all day in his study retreated from Mrs Bennet and her gossip.

“With a book he was regardless of time”

“Mrs Bennet spends her day with tittle-tattle and idle conversation. She is vulgar in her behaviour; the only aim for her is to get her daughters married off to someone with lots of money.”

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…g from the couple’s opening resentment of each other – Elizabeth herself describes the “malice of Mr Darcy”. His all turns around, and we know that Darcy is the most suitable husband for Elizabeth. He is generous and intelligent, and Elizabeth is “convinced that she could have been happy with him” when she almost loses him. In fact of course they are, and we don’t need a sequel to be told that!

Works Cited

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Ed. Donald Gray. New York: W.W. Norton

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