Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley Essay

1124 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Mary Shelley, author of the famous horror novel Frankenstein, drew much of the inspiration for her narrative from her own life experiences and from the world of her time. Several other written works, including some authored by family members, influenced her desire to write. Throughout her life, she endured sadness, losses, and many tragic deaths that shaped her characters within her works. Countless innovations and new ideas in the field of science inspired her to push the boundaries of the known world in her writing.
One source of inspiration for Frankenstein from Mary’s life was the influence of literature. Mary’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a radical feminist of her time and she wrote The Vindication of the Rights of Women. (4) William Godwin, Mary’s father, was being a political writer, as well as a novelist. Godwin’s novel, Caleb Williams, is similar in structure and plot to Mary’s Frankenstein. (1) As a child, Mary’s family had frequent literary guests including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, both famous writers. (4)
Though she had no formal education, Mary was a self-learner, and made use of her father’s extensive library. (4) Her father tutored her on a variety of subjects. She was a daydreamer, and found a creative outlet in writing. (4) In The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft she said, “As a child I scribbled and my favorite pastime during the hours given me for recreation was to write stories.” (4) In 1807, and with the help of…

Related Documents