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The Influence Of Mary Shelley's Sleep Paralysis

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The backstory behind how Mary Shelley came up with the ideas behind her novel “Frankenstein,” in today’s world, would be credited to her sleep paralysis. In fact, dreamstudies.org says that “factor in the visionary origin of Frankenstein in Mary’s famous “waking dream,” which many today recognize as a likely episode of sleep paralysis.” When sleep paralysis came up in our book discussion I was immediately intrigued and sought to know more about how this could have impacted her writing. What is sleep paralysis? Well, sleep paralysis is the horrifying circumstance when your body is essentially disconnected from your brain. During this time period, you are unable to move any of your body parts, yet, you are conscious and able to understand
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