Essay on Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

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Throughout the novel, Mary Shelley ties many aspects from the novel to her life, but the way that she does it is very subtle. Shelley takes characters from the novel and based them off of people who were involved in her life. She based Victor off of herself, people can tell from the similarities of how he creates the monster just like she failed to create a child. Mary Shelley’s brother was a large part of her life and she made him Victor’s best friend Clerval. Also throughout the novel Shelley makes subtle notes tying what happened to her stillborn child to what is happening in the novel. The novel is a fictional story but it ties everything from Shelley’s life into it. Mary Shelley shows herself in the novel as Victor Frankenstein, through him bringing the creature to life and actually sees the monster alive. When Victor is creating the creature he says “with an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collect the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet” (Shelley, 58). The quote refers to both Shelly’s life and to how she lost her child to a stillbirth. The agony is what she was experiencing through the labor and not being able to have her own child. The instruments the Victor was collecting were for assembling the monster; while in Shelley’s life she was collecting implements to write with. The spark is what she would have needed to bring her child back if they had know that medical information back…

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