Mary Shelley couldn't think of anything to write, but she had a nightmare about bringing dead people back to life. Galvanism was introduced; an example of this would be frog's legs twitching by the use of electricity running through them. When she awoke she wrote a short story about her nightmare. To be human means that within a human there are specific feelings. An example of this is when the monster tries to be kind and compassionate towards Agathe in a loving friendly way.
This raised many issues such as, should we have the right to play God? In the novel Mary Shelley writes about tragedy, death and romance. It was thought that perhaps many of the events in her life may have influenced the events in the story as she suffered a number of tragedies in her life, two of which where the premature deaths of her mother and son. In relation to the novel I think that this is very significant. This is significant because the character of Elizabeth relates to Mary Shelley in numerous ways: the first being that Elizabeth's mother dies as did Mary's when both girls were still young.
The novel Frankenstein was written in 1816 by a woman of the name Mary Shelley. Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797 to a philosopher and a political writer. During her life, Mary faced many tragedies and sorrows, but she just kept moving forward. Shelley came up with her idea of Frankenstein while reading ghost stories one night. Mary Shelley thought it would be a good idea if her and her family tried writing their own horror stories, which is where she came up with the novel Frankenstein.
Growing up in Europe it was only natural she base the book about somewhere she knows. Frankenstein was born literally from Shelley’s mind as it came in dream. After the dream she had to describe the horror which she had in that nightmare. The thought of writing the story came to her by another writer Lord Byron. Mary Shelley had all the ingredients to be an incredible writer, her father, mother, and husband were famous writers.
In fact She struggled deeply to collect ideas on what to write. Then one night Mary shelly had a dream, which shone light onto these magnificent ideas, which have sweeped our nation still centuries later. Also Mary Shelly suffered a great loss in her life, before it really begun; Her Mother died as a result of giving birth to Mary and was raised by her father and stepmother. I think this could have influenced the main theme of the story. Her novel is about a scientist called Victor Frankenstein who has a deep obsession with bringing dead people back to life, which reflects on the her loss in her earliest years .
Every artist draws inspiration from somewhere, and the inspiration shows in their work. When looking deeper into the life of Mary Shelley, it is easy to say that the inspiration she drew to create her novel Frankenstein, came from her own personal experiences. Frankenstein is riddled parallels to Marry Shelley’s own life. It was not just by mere coincidences either, Mary Shelley makes various references to family members (specifically by name), places she visited, and situations she faced, herself, all of these experiences are documented in her novel Frankenstein. Beginning with the names of some of the characters is Frankenstein; Mary Shelley drew inspiration from her own life to give the characters in Frankenstein their rightful names, beginning with the most important character, Victor Frankenstein.
Overall, Shelley’s work affected modern society as well as the Romantic era in various ways due to her early influences. Mary Shelley lived through an interesting childhood that helped influence the way she wrote her works. Her mother, novelist Mary Wollstoncraft, died when she was on only a baby. Shelley used to read her mothers books and her mother became her idol even though she barely knew her (Abbey). At fourteen years of age, she met a twenty two year old man named Percy Shelley.
The whole idea of creating a novel was thought of by Byron. This was because the four of them (Shelly, her husband Percy, Byron and Mary Shelly's adopted sister Jane Clairmont) had nothing really to do and Byron suggested to have a little competition - see who could write the best ghost story. He thought this would keep the group occupied, which it did and that was when "Frankenstein" was created. The idea originated from a nightmare Shelly had had and when her novel was written Percy Shelly told her to expand her story and helped her publish it in 1818. The novel is vastly influenced by Shelly's life, as the way Frankenstein's mother died and the rough life Shelly had.
However considering Mary's upbringing the novel may have been predictable as Mary's whole life was surrounded by death where her mother died soon after her birth, and she had a premature daughter who sadly died. Also Mary was taught to be fascinated by technology yet to be terrified as in the wrong hands terrible things could happen, so in fact it was not unusual for the quiet girl named Mary to write such a novel. In chapters 5, 10 and 23 the setting is used to illuminate characters and themes. In chapter 5 we see Victor Frankenstein's first reactions to the birth of his life long work. The monster comes to life on a 'dreary night of November' therefore giving the feeling of a cold, gloomy, and dark setting.
Possibly as an attempt to be accepted by her father, Mary immersed herself in literary studies and her father's intellectual conversations with other philosophers. She attempted to compete with her mother's legacy by continuously writing. It was reported that Mary's "attempts to compete with her dead mother reached obsessive proportions by the time she turned seventeen." "When Mary was seventeen," writes Samuel Rosenburg, "she began taking her books and writing material to the nearby Old St. Pancras Church, where her parents had been married and where her mother was buried. There, seated in the graveyard behind the church, th... ... middle of paper ... ...ience fiction.