The Enormous Influence of the Enlightenment on the World and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Good Essays

In the 17th and 18th centuries, with the development of capitalism, the power of the bourgeois became stronger. Feudal system hindered the development of capitalism.
Nature science was the weapon that could break the feudalism. The Enlightenment was the product of this period. The origin of the Enlightenment was in England, and throughout in the Europe. France was the core country of the Enlightenment. The influence of the Enlightenment on the world was enormous. It provided plenty of mental preparation for the French Revolution; had inspired role in American

Voltaire’s Letter on England

In the course of the Enlightenment, a large number of thinkers have emerged:
Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire, Kant,
…show more content…
Voltaire thought god was a logical hypothesis in the universe.


On the letter 8, Voltaire talked about Parliament; he compared English Parliament to the ancient Romans, and praised the monarchy in Britain. “What became a revolution in England is only a sedition in other countries.” He mentioned Britain was the only country resisted the absolute monarchy to achieve the monarchy. He also related to the France “Our civil wars under Charles VI had been cruel, those of the League were abominable, that of the Fronde was farcical.” Pointed out that
France were still needed great efforts to become a rational and restraint of government. From this letter he commented on British Parliament and Judicial
System. On the next letter, he conversed on the Magna Carta.

The first seven letters from this book discoursed on religions, which against religious fanatics. From these letters, Voltaire’s point of view trait religious were extremely different. Notably, he had an interest and compassion on the Quakers and the Socinians; but for the Anglican Religion was critiqued. Voltaire struggled with religious throughout his life, but he was not an atheist. He considered god has faith necessary in the social life.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Mary was born in England in the 18th century, was known as “the mother of science fiction”. Her husband was Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was a
Get Access