Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein : Science Fiction, Or Autobiography?

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Science, Science Fiction, or Autobiography? In this evaluation, I will consider Sherry Ginn’s assessment that while the novel contains autobiographical details, it is actually a work of science fiction. Sherry Ginn, an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Director of Women’s Studies at Wingate University in North Carolina, relates the many similarities in the Mary Shelley’s personal life and her novel Frankenstein. Ginn concludes that the novel is Science Fiction and relates Mary’s personal life to the novel through Erik Erikson’s “The Eight Stages of Man” psychosocial theory. Through Ginn’s presentation, one is able to ascertain that there is not enough evidence to support the theory that Frankenstein is autobiographical. Ginn follows Shelley’s life from birth to death. There are a few elements in the novel that mirror Shelley’s life. Ginn lists them as: “(1) a white gravestone; (2) a motherless child; (3) a beloved father turning his back on his child; (4) a university student conducting wild experiments; and (5) dreams of rekindling the life of a dead child”(Ginn). Each of these elements play a pivotal role in Shelley’s life and the character’s in Frankenstein. Shelley draws from her life and experiences to create a story of longing for love and acceptance packaged in a science fiction novel. The gravestone represents the many deaths in both the novel and Mary’s life. Mary spent a lot of time at her mother’s gravestone while…

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