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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelly. We can tell by Mary Shelly's back ground, were she has incorporated some of her social experiences in to her novel. Mary was the daughter of an anarchist father (William Godwin) and a feminist mother (Mary Wollstonecraft). In today's terms this could be thought as a 'wild upbringing'. Mary grew up in an environment that suggested she needed to question the way society was being run. Mary's mother died ten days after giving birth to her, an act that Mary's father was never quick to forgive; in fact he blamed Mary for his wife's death and this often forced Mary to attempt to take her place. This was often in the form of sitting on literary discussions and meeting her father's estranged guests. At the age of 17 Mary would often write at her mother's grave side at St Pancras Churchyard in London; where the couple had married. Mary includes her fascination with death into Frankenstein. ...read more.


Also in the novel, the monster goes exploring in Switzerland. In 1816 Mary and Shelly go to Switzerland and this is where the Novel is begun. Suicides of Fanny Imlay, Mary Wollstonecraft's daughter by a previous liaison, as well as Percy Shelley's wife Harriet allowing Mary and Percy to marry. This could be linked to when Victor is wondering weather to commit suicide in chapter 9 by jumping into the silent lake. Mary Shelly was somewhat of a celebrity of her time and was friends with all of the famous writers and poets, and a lot of those people influenced and helped her in the writing of Frankenstein. Not only was Mary Shelly influenced by the poets around her but by classic Greek mythology and in particular the tale of Prometheus. This became fertilizer for her novel and in fact an alternative title to Frankenstein is 'A modern Prometheus'. According to Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, Zeus had regarded the human beings which he had created as worthy only of extinction. ...read more.


Mary Shelly wrote during what literary critics call the 'romantic period. This particularly gathered momentum at the end of the 18th Century and tended to embody imagination and value of individual experience. This becomes important when we assess her bohemian lifestyle; living a life that is almost a work of art. She wrapped her novel with images of the liberating power of art and portrayed an admiration of nature at its most impressive. There is a sense of fear and fascination with the creature. He is a man with abnormal strength; he has a face full of scars and together gives people a sense of fear when they see him. The people are scared of him and declare him as being some sort evil, so immediately see him as being a threat to them and instinctively attack him. This makes the readers feel sorry for the creature and keeps the reader waiting for what he will do when all mankind wants to kill him. Mary uses imagery and nature to reflect this. She uses the weather to show how he is feeling, like when he first runs away and it is raining heavily. By Joseph Reed ...read more.

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