The Romantic Movement

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The Romantic Movement, known for its emphasis on the emotional aspect of literature, was a period when such novels as Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus were written, being very different than novels written before this era. Romantic thinkers and writers, such as Mary Shelley, believed that imagination was the crucial way of thinking. They often depicted their heroes in their novels as “creative artists” that are determined to push beyond society’s restrictions and ways of life. Mary Shelley was similar to these writers of such concepts and had incorporated many of these principles in her own novel, Frankenstein. She was apprehensive about the healing powers of nature in the face of unnatural events, the use of one’s knowledge for good or evil intentions, the way the uneducated or poor were treated, and the rapid increase of technology into the modern day.
Mary Shelley was born in London, England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were William Godwin, a philosopher, and Mary Wollestonecraft, a feminist. Her parents were well-known writers during the 1800s. Political Justice, written in 1793, was her father’s most famous book which took a critical look at society and the ethical treatment of people. Mary Shelley’s mother promoted her feminist views in her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women (Coghill). William and Mary had only been married for five months when Mary Shelley was born and nine days later, Mary Wollestonecraft died from puerperal fever (Ginn). Her mother
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