Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

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What images are usually associated with a monster? Monsters are usually portrayed as green, slimy aliens with big, bulging eyes, extra limbs, scaly backs and rows upon rows of sharp teeth.. However, a monster does not necessarily have to possess hideous physical features in order to be deemed one; a monster can simply be someone who causes death and other forms of tragedy. Mary Shelley has been surrounded by death her entire life and she felt like a monster, such as the one in her novel Frankenstein. She felt responsible for the tragedy around her.

Deaths around Mary Shelley In London, England, Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797, and her parents were of high status at that time. Her father was William Godwin, a famous philosopher and an author best known for his books Caleb Williams and Political Justice. Her mother Mary Wollstonecraft was a great feminist thinker, philosopher and the author of The Vindication of Women’s Rights. Unfortunately, complications during childbirth caused Wollstonecraft to get a fever and pass away less than two weeks after Shelley was born (Pabst-Kastner). Mary was sixteen years old when she met Percy Bysshe Shelley, a twenty-one year old Romantic poet, as well as one of her father’s students. They soon developed a romantic relationship even though he was married to another woman, named Harriet Westbrook, at the time. Godwin was so upset about the relationship that “he immediately wrote to Shelley and forbade…
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