Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Age Of Reason Essay

1220 Words Apr 15th, 2016 5 Pages
During the mid to late 1700s, the Age of Reason was in full swing, which brought with it a torrent of new ideas, philosophies, and attitudes towards culture as a whole. The Age of Reason was one of the driving forces and influences in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein due to the fact that it was a very controversial book about the creation of life which was not readily accepted at the time. Frankenstein was a benchmark of eye opening possibilities and fear of the unknown which was reinforced by Shelley’s stress of God’s creation versus Man’s creation. Therefore, Shelley emphasizes the role of God’s creation and Victor’s creation which evokes the sense that the relationship and bond between the two plays a vital role in the development of the person or in this case the monster. On August 30, 1797, the world was gifted with one of the most influential writers, artists, and women the world had seen up to that point. This person is Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. She was born in London, England during a time when the role of women was beginning to be altered. Her mother, who was an outspoken leader of the women’s rights movement during that time died shortly after childbirth, which caused Shelley’s upbringing to be riddled with hardship and distrust for her father, William Godwin. Besides the fact that her mother was an activist for women, her difficulty in the relationship with her father and step mother lead her writing to resemble this philosophy that women are equal to men, as well…

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