Essay The Tragic Life Of Mary Shelley

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The Tragic Life of Mary Shelley Mary Godwin, later Mary Shelley, was born to parents Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and William Godwin on August 30, 1797. Due to complications from the birth of Mary, her mother died on September 10, 1797, just eleven days after having her child (Mellor, xv). Mary’s father, William, was, as his daughter would become, an author; her mother was also a writer, and was, as some believe, the world’s first feminist (bbc.co.uk). Though her mother had died, Mary still had her father, and her half-sister Fanny Imlay, daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and Gilbert Imlay, and now a stepmother and two step-siblings were to join them. In December of 1801 the Godwin family expanded when William Godwin married the widowed Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing herself and her two children, Charles and Claire, to the Godwin home in the London suburb of Somers Town (Mellor, xv). Though she did not truly kill her mother, Mary began to feel great guilt believing that her birth brought about the untimely death of her mother. Mary missed her mother and visited her gravesite often, speaking to her mother about the things that were going on in her life (amsaw.org). Though Shelley’s life was marred many times by death beginning at an early age, she still produced an everlasting piece of literature. “[Godwin] encouraged his daughter to be an intellectual, as her mother had been, [and even] encouraged [her] to read anything she wanted from his library and to associate with his…

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