Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

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There are many critical analyses to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Two of these analyses bring forth varied interpretations. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar wrote “Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Eve.” Anne K. Mellor wrote “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein.” Gilbert and Gubar argue that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein from the influence of her family in order to represent her personal life and life events. Mellor argues that the author wrote Frankenstein in order to represent many themes upon the subject of feminism. “Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Eve” is a better interpretation of Frankenstein over “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein” due to the more relevant and obvious facts such as family influence and tragic life events versus assumptions used by Anne K. Mellor. The influences from Mary Shelley’s parents coursed her into writing the gothic novel, Frankenstein. In “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein” Gilbert and Gubar explain how the author’s parents influenced Mary Shelley into creating one of the greatest novels of all time. “For of course the nineteen-year-old girl who wrote Frankenstein was no ordinary nineteen-year-old but one of England’s most notable literary heiresses” (Gilbert and Gubar 259). The personal influence of her literary-famous parents have a strong impact on her story, Frankenstein. Her father, William Godwin, was a political philosopher. Her mother was a philosopher and feminist. By reading and learning from both her parents’
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