Mary Shelley's Influence For Frankenstein

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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
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In her own words, Mary said, “I am an unfortunate and deserted creature, I look around, and I have no relation or friend upon earth.” Mary’s mother died of puerperal fever shortly after Mary was born. (5) Her early years were happy but due to financial debt, Godwin emarried his neighbor, Mary Jane Clairmont. (5) His new wife was known as a quick tempered and quarrelsome woman. Although the marriage was successful, Mary detested her stepmother. Clairmont favored her own children over those of Mary Wollstonecraft. (5) Together, Mary’s parent’s started a publishing firm. However, soon the family was in debt because the publishing firm did not make a profit. Godwin was forced to borrow money to keep it going and he had to borrow more to pay off earlier loans. (5) The family was not financially secure, and in 1809, the business closed. Mary’s father was saved from debtor’s prison by Francis Place, a philosophical devotee who lent him money. …show more content…
(4) Percy was still married to his wife when he and Mary started to meet secretly. She was 17, he was 22. Her father disapproved of the relationship and did not speak to her for a long period of time. (4) Mary and Percy often met secretly at her mother’s grave. They eloped, took Mary’s stepsister, and moved to France leaving Percy’s pregnant wife behind. They were very poor when Mary became pregnant. Mary’s premature baby girl died in 1815 a few days after birth, leaving her deeply depressed.. Mary gave birth to a second child, William, who was nicknamed “Willmouse”.Two more deathsimpacted Mary, (5) Her stepsister, Fanny Imlay, was found in a motel room with a suicide note and a laudanum bottle, and Percy’s first wife committed suicide by drowning.

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