Mary Shelley's Influence On Frankenstein

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In the novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley often will allude to personal experiences that have happened in her own life. She takes the events of her own life and reflects them through Victor, the monster, and other events in the novel. Examples of this include the deaths of innocent people in the novel, influence of parents, abandonment of a loved one, and how the creation of the novel, Frankenstein, is very similar to Victor’s creation of the creature (Shelley 43). Mary Shelley’s life is death stricken. The beginning of her sorrows starts with the death of her mother. Shelley is barely months old when death claims her mother. She is not old enough to experience the sorrow that comes with death, but grows up without a mother figure in her life …show more content…
Shelley is the daughter of a philosopher and a feminist (Johnson). Such personalities in society are huge influencers on young children. The initial writing of the novel, Frankenstein, is influenced by the feminist view of Shelley’s mother (Johnson). Shelley, being a female, is convinced to go outside the customs of nineteenth century and become a writer. Shelley’s mother is one of the first feminists, as Barbara Johnson exclaims, ”...and pioneering feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft” (Johnson). This also can influence roles of characters in the …show more content…
The influence of the novel brings upon a wave of female writers (Johnson). Female writers, in turn, spark the feminist movement. It is a creation of influence in monstrous proportions. Another example of Shelley’s monstrous influence is the idea of recreating life. Recreating life in the novel sparks the idea to create life in the real world (Mellor). One instance of creating life is the development of Artificial Intelligence. Shelley’s work influences innovators to create some form of life to better mankind, this being through Artificial Intelligence. Innovators can advance Artificial Intelligence to a point where the mechanism can possess a soul (Mellor). This can also create one form of a “monster”. If people are not careful with the Artificial Intelligence, it could ultimately lead to mankind’s demise. This happened in the novel where Victor creates the monster and the monster murders numerous people (Shelley

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