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    • Mary Shelley
      • Percy Shelley
        • His wife, Harriet also had an affair. but despite this Harriet fell pregnant with Percy’s child. She drowned herself in London in November of 1816; Mary and Percy were married weeks later.
        • As a teenager Mary met Percy Shelley, a dashing young poet. Sparks flew, and, in 1814, they ran away together for a tour of France, Switzerland, and Germany—Mary escaping her family and Percy his wife.
        • Percy edited Mary’s manuscript for Frankenstein
      • PArents and early Life
        • Her Mother died giving birth to her so she was left in the care of her father
        • Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a feminist tract encouraging women to think and act for themselves.
        • Lost a sister to suicide
      • Tradgedy
        • From 1815 to 1819, three of her four children died in infancy
        • in 1822, Percy drowned off the shore of Tuscany, leaving Mary a widow and single mother
    • 1812
      • Time of great scientific progress
        • The Creature represents the dangers of science and how the future of science is unknown
        • Electricity
        • Anatomy
          • Scientists at the time were discussing the posibility of bringing the dead back to life
        • Scientists at the time were discussing the posibility of bringing the dead back to life
      • Time of social change
        • Shelley's parents' viewpoints greatly influenced her own- socialist, femenist
          • She had the same femenist viewpoints as her mother.
            • Shows that life should only be created by a woman or it will go horribly wrong
        • Time of great scientific progress
          • The Creature represents the dangers of science and how the future of science is unknown
          • Electricity
          • Anatomy
          • 1789 – French RevolutionThis showed what happens when the lower classes are treated badly by the state – they rebel
            • Shelley uses the Creature to warn the Government against mistreating the masses
        • Gothig Genre was very popular in the 18th and 19th century
        • Religion
          • Relious believers were horrified by the prospect of creating life because it was seen as playing God and disrespecting the sanctity of life.
            • Christian
        • Gothic Genre
          • Outsider; Isolation ; Loneliness
          • Combines elements of horror and romance
          • Gothig Genre was very popular in the 18th and 19th century
          • Epistolary  Novel- written as a series of letters
          • Setting
            • Isolated; Abandoned
            • Bad Weather ( Pathetic Fallacy)
          • Fear of the unknown
          • Monsters; Supernatural
      • Gothic Genre
        • Outsider; Isolation ; Loneliness
        • Combines elements of horror and romance
        • Epistolary  Novel- written as a series of letters
        • Setting
          • Isolated; Abandoned
          • Bad Weather ( Pathetic Fallacy)
        • Fear of the unknown
        • Monsters; Supernatural

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