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Mary Shelley vs. Frankenstein.

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May 2002 English 11 Regents Mary Shelley vs. Frankenstein In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the author relates her life to the events that happened in the book. Certain events in her life led her to write the horror story that eerie, rainy night at Lord Byron's mansion in London. Mary Shelley experienced many tragedies and losses. Writing a novel like Frankenstein was her way of mourning and dealing with her grief. Her environment also had an effect on her for it inspired her to write the way she did, why she did, and why she wrote it in the first place. Mary Shelley had a desire, a wish, a craving for something she hasn't experienced - and probably never will - motherhood. Writing Frankenstein made her feel the power of creation and that she can take care of others. She spreads the lesson that if we don't take care of something that needs that attention, it can lead to things we don't like. From the beginning, it was a failure. ...read more.


Shelley, to France when she was only 19 years old. Percy B. Shelley was one of her father's friends and doing this caused her father to refuse to communicate with her for the next two and a half years. She traveled all around Europe, seeing many people and things. Percy B. Shelley impregnated her, and there was times that he left her all alone since had business to do. Mary Shelley wrote many journals. She was excited to have a baby. In February of 1815, she finally gave birth to her first child, Clara. She was two months premature and soon died early the following month. Later on after that, Mary Shelley kept attempting to have children but they kept dying. She longed to be a mother but all her attempts failed. She became depressed because of this. One summer night in 1816, Mary Shelley and many other philosophers and writers came to Lord Byron's house in London. They couldn't go outside because of the heavy rain so Lord Byron decided to have a contest on who can write the best horror story. ...read more.


She saw that leaving a person alone just because they were different was wrong. Mary Shelley was a caring person and she wanted to show love to all. When she eloped with Percy B. Shelley, she was misunderstood and became an outcast for she was seen as "one of those." She understood how the monster in her novel felt and she could relate a lot to it. The monster in the novel says that all he wanted was some love and he would have been better. It seemed as if Mary Shelley spoke through the monster in the novel. "Frankenstein, in other words, can be read as the story of the experience of writing Frankenstein. What is at stake in Mary's introduction as well as in the novel is the description of a primal sense of creation."4 Writing Frankenstein was more like writing an autobiography of Mary Shelley's life. She put so many evens in her life into the novel that it could have been her own life story, except that she made it more interesting and more horrific. She expressed her grief and pain through the words of the novel. ...read more.

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