The Impact Of The Romantic Period In Frankenstein By Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley and her novel, Frankenstein Mary Shelley, wife of Percy Shelley, became a highly respected household name after she wrote and published her famous novel, Frankenstein, during The Romantic Period. Mary Shelley indirectly reflects her backstory and The Romantic Period through Frankenstein, and even impacts The Romantic Period through her novel. Evidence of both the reflection of The Romantic Period and Ms. Shelley’s impact on it are found in her background, the time period itself (as well as modern times) and in Frankenstein. Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, and died on February 1, 1851 ( Editors). She grew up in London, England, but spent two years in Scotland with her father's acquaintance and his…show more content…
One of these events was hating her home life because she felt her step-mother resented her and her father's relationship; which in her eyes, led to her being excluded from getting a formal education when her stepsister was getting one ( Editors). This resulted in Mary staying in Scotland for two whole years with her father's acquaintance and his family, and then later fleeing England with Percy ( Editors) (Cliffsnotes Editors). The other very important event that affected Mary's life, but especially Frankenstein, was the loss of a child before writing her famous novel ( Editors) (Cliffsnotes Editors). It's very clear that in Ms. Shelley's book, Dr. Frankenstein is trying to resurrect someone from the dead; having knowledge on Mary's background actually leads many people to believe that this idea of resurrection is coming from her wanting to bring back the only child she had ever birthed ( Editors)(Cliffsnotes Editors). Mary fits in very naturally with the ideals of The Romantic Period; Frankenstein, her most famous novel, clearly reflects this. In Frankenstein, the creature is rejected from society because of his grotesque appearance, lack of manners, and lack of intelligence. The creature being rejected by society shows that as a romantic, Mary Shelley viewed the society in which she lived as close-minded and judgmental (Cliffsnotes Editors). Mary Shelley significantly contributed to The Romantic
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