Frankenstein Vs. Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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Ashley Olivieri
Professor Sheehan
ENGL 133-22
10 February 2015
Frankenstein vs. Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is one of the most influential books in gothic literature. The author of this masterpiece is Mary Shelley; her complicated life influenced her to write Frankenstein. Most wonder why Mary Shelley chose to write Frankenstein and what influenced her. Mary Shelley’s early life was challenging and it had an impact on her writing. Her trip to Scotland changed her morals and love life inclined the events within her novel. World events within Mary Shelley’s time period also influenced her and the ideas in Frankenstein. Classified as “horror fiction,” Frankenstein is a more serious work than people give it credit for. The novel is not only a provocative interrogation of scientific method but also an exploration of the nature of loneliness and the role of environment in shaping an individual’s psyche” (Huntley). Mary Shelley relied on her life experiences to form the basis of her novel. A passage from Mary Shelley’s introduction of Frankenstein states:
“I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the
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