The Romantic Movement Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

1934 WordsJun 9, 20158 Pages
“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay To mould me Man, did I solicit thee From darkness to promote me?” (Important Quotes Explained). With Frankenstein being written in the early 19th century, the Romantic movement, being as popular as ever, was clearly evident in Shelley’s writings. Shelley’s mom, an active feminist, died during childbirth, leaving Mary to grow up with a radical political philosopher and novelist, William Godwin, as her father. Victor Frankenstein, the main character, has a strong desire for the pursuit of knowledge, which he eventually learns is more harmful than helpful. The creature of the story, who remains nameless, is Victor’s creation who although is seen to be evil by others, actually has a pure heart. Robert Walton is the narrator of the book, telling Frankenstein’s story, who also shares his dangerous desire for knowledge. If Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, has survived for nearly 200 years, it may be due to the historical context of the romantic movement, the way that the story stems from the author’s own personal life, and the characters who portray the idea that knowledge may be treacherous. Frankenstein was written in the 19th century, a time for new creative ideas. During this century, the Romantic movement become very prominent. This romantic period was a time of artistic, literary, and intellectual growth (Romanticism). It was a period of enlightenment and a time of questioning the world. Part of this movement was based off
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