Mary Shelley 's The Rights Of Woman Essay

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From birth and to death, humans crave approval from their parents, seeking that motherly affection each of them should be entitled to. Nothing can replace the unadulterated love a mother has for her child, or the special bond many girls have with their father. Yet not all are so fortunate to indulge in such tenderness, as one of the most influential female authors of the 1900 century, Mary Shelley, had no such privilege, her mother dying while giving birth to her. The complete abandonment Shelley experienced through her parents and parental figures left her scarred for life, a powerful and continuous theme in all the novels she wrote. The parents of Mary Shelley were extremely famous and successful within their own regard, each highly respected in light of their works within the intellectual community. Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley’s mother, was one of the first feminist, a powerful leader for sexual equality, and most well known for her manifesto, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which was published in 1792. As a powerful “feminist”, she was quite against the idea of a man determining one’s worth or place, as stated in an essay she wrote, “She who submits, without conviction, to a parent or husband, will as unreasonably tyrannize…” (Page 387, Note Concise DBLB photocopy)William Godwin, on the other hand, became well known for his book, Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness, which was a critique on the current French…

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