Victor Frankenstein's Failure as a Mother in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'

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Victor Frankenstein's Failure as a Mother Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, Prometheus Unbound analyzes the relationships that develop between creation and creator. The novel is somewhat autobiographical and incorporates many of the feelings, thoughts, and sentiments that Shelley was undergoing at the time. Through her life experiences and her novel, Shelley explores the role of the mother figure and postulates that through the creation of the Monster, Victor Frankenstein usurps the role of mother to detrimental results. To Shelley, the creation of a person or being does not necessary indicate that there is an introduction of a new life into the world, but rather perceives it as giving birth to death. For example, Shelley's own birth caused her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, to die a mere eleven days after giving birth; moreover, Shelley was almost continuously pregnant from the time that she was 16 until 1822, three weeks before her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, drowned (Shelley 333). Shelley had cause to relate giving birth to death and dying as the majority of the children that she gave birth to did not live past childhood; her first daughter died days after being born in February 1815; her son, William, born in January 1816, dies on June 7, 1819; daughter, Clara, born September 2, 1817, dies on September 24, 1818; son, Percy Florence, the Shelley's only child to survive, was born on November 12, 1819; and finally, Shelley miscarried on June 16, 1822, three weeks before
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