Life, Science And Experimentation In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The later decades of the 18th Century gave way to many new ideas not before seen by the likes of society. It was a time full of literature, science, experimentation, and knowledge. It was within these disciplines that electricity shone, it was at the forefront of all major works, with electrical experimentation becoming the most strongly analysed, and written about theories along with, investigations into the states of life and death. One work that highlighted upon all of these uprising ideas and focused on life, death, science and experimentation involving electrical currents was Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley in 1818, is written in epistolary form, and told from the perspectives of three separate
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Shelley Monster realizes how he came to be alive and is then rejected by mankind, he seeks revenge on his creator 's family to avenge his own sorrow. Shelley set each volume up so as it would rhythmically flow onto the next, therefore shaping each perspective and story through the previous ones, for example Robert Walton 's letters to his sister frame the story that Victor Frankenstein tells to Walton, and Frankenstein 's story surrounds the story that the monster tells, which then in turn frames the story of the De Lacey family and there interactions and dealings with the Victor Frankenstein’s creation.

Throughout Shelley’s novel she shows signs of the classic romantic approach to writing. This
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Studies such as Joan Kirkby’s Shadows of the Invisible World: Mesmer, Swedenborg, and the Spiritualist Sciences argue that Frankenstein is a story of Victor’s conversion from thorough-going materialism to spiritualism, and ‘his recognition of the affinities between the living and the formerly living’ (Darcy, 2008, p. 48). Whereas Melinda Cooper’s critical essay Monstrous Progeny: The Teratological Tradition in Science and Literature argues that Frankenstein is a novel that explores links between the science of teratology while also the ‘teratogeny, the technical reproduction of monstrosities’ (Darcy, 2008, p. 49) as the major theme and is less focused on the characters mindsets. Though all can agree that electrical science played a major role in the writing of Frankenstein, along with Frankenstein also providing inspiration to many intellectuals of that

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