June 6, 1998

To Congress:
If one morning everybody was to wake up looking the same, by the end of the day somebody would have found something about somebody else that they didn't like. Human cloning has often been thought of as a means of ending racial inequality in our society. However, do to the fact that it is in our nature to be racially aware, it is impossible to completely extinguish racial inequality. My name is Pritesh Kothary and I am a honors English student at John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, California. Mary Shelley and a newspaper article, by Charles Krauthammer, formed many of my opinions regarding human cloning while reading Frankenstein. I believe that President Clinton's decision was a good one for many reasons. For example, we often think of how society would feel about clones, but we often overlook how the clones may feel about society. Also, clones will eventually develop their own personalities, which will impact society. In addition, society will not readily integrate clones into the population. Each of the above are reasons why cloning should be banned.
While thinking about how much work a clone can do, and how hard they work, we sometimes overlook the feelings the clones have. The monster in Frankenstein is a great example of a clone having feelings and needs. "My senses were gratified and refreshed by a thousand scents of delight, and a thousand sights of beauty," (120) said the creature acknowledging his need for love. This is also seen when he demands Victor to "...create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being." (138) Sometimes, clones feel sorrow and in turn take out their rage on society, "I am miserable, and they shall share my wretchedness." (102) In Frankenstein, the monster often feels that he doesn't belong in the society he is put in, although he greatly wants to be accepted. "All men hate the wretched; how then must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things,"(101) said the monster. If clones have their own feelings and needs, society can be greatly affected.
People's personalities are developed through their experiences and interactions with others. The same is true for clones. Due to this, the clone's creator has no way of controlling the personality of their clone. An example of this can be seen when Frankenstein's monster is created. At first, he is seen as good because he does no harm to anyone. Soon, however, the monster quickly develops a hatred for all mankind when he "...vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind."(135) It is the people who change the monsters personality from good to evil. All that the monster wanted was to live in peace "…misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous."(102) The characters in this novel show that society does not accept that which is different, and therefore shuns it. This is another reason why I believe cloning should be banned.
The society we live in today would not be able to live with clones because our society today can not even live with themselves, with all of the racism and hate. Society could have a horrible reaction as portrayed in Frankenstein. "The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until grievously bruised by stones . . ."(109) If clones are made, and some came out hideous like the monster, it would cause widespread panic and terror. If society tried to attack and kill the clones, they would probably retaliate and also kill. Society can not live with clones and that is another reason why I feel that you should accept Mr. Clinton's proposal.
Clones have feelings and the ability to develop their own personality; therefore society could not live with them. Thus, cloning should be banned. If cloning is allowed, the world may be in great danger. I believe that you and your cabinet have the power to stop this catastrophe before it happens. Learn from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and know the trouble that cloning will cause. I hope you decide in favor of my opinion because the world may be at stake. Do you want that on your conscience?