The Destruction Of The Monster In Frankenstein By Mary Shelley

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Throughout the novel, Mary Shelley ties many aspects from the novel to her life, but the way that she does it is very subtle. Shelley takes characters from the novel and based them off of people who were involved in her life. She based Victor off of herself, people can tell from the similarities of how he creates the monster just like she failed to create a child. Mary Shelley’s brother was a large part of her life and she made him Victor’s best friend Clerval. Also throughout the novel Shelley makes subtle notes tying what happened to her stillborn child to what is happening in the novel. The novel is a fictional story but it ties everything from Shelley’s life into it. Mary Shelley shows herself in the novel as Victor Frankenstein, through …show more content…
One quote from the novel is “But now, when I appear almost within grasp of my foe, my hopes were suddenly extinguished.” (Shelley 226) This quote can be related to the loss of her child because she says “almost within my grasp”. Since she was able to carry the child to full term she excited and it was almost there but then all taken away. Shelley also says, “my hopes were suddenly extinguished”, because most mothers get excited to have children but when it gets taken way and all of their hopes get shattered. Shelley writes “ my foe” talking about an evil, but in the context of her life she is talking about death. Her foe in life was her children being taken away from her by death. Earlier on in the novel Mary Shelley writes “I was their playing and their plaything and their idol, and something better – their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me” (Shelley, 31-32). When Shelley says “their plaything and their idol” she is referring to when her child would grow up she would want to be the one that plays with her children and the one who is their idol the person that they look up to you. It is also written “their child, the innocent and helpless” she it talking about how her child Shelley’s child was completely innocent when it passed and she couldn’t do anything to bring it back, but Not only was her baby innocent but also helpless, it had no way of choosing weather or not it got to live. “The creature bestowed on the by heaven” is talking about how Some people can choose to believe that a child is a gift from heaven to bring happiness into their life and how can also refer to the creature

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