Mary Shelley was a Nineteenth-century English novelist. Mary Shelley,
the wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, is best known for her
philosophical gothic horror story Frankenstein which was wrote in 1816
and published two years later in 1818. The novel was produced during a
time of great upheaval and change, and in the era of 'Romanticism'.
This was a reaction to the previous 'age of reason' where social
order, science, and rationality had dominated the way of thinking.
'Romanticism' celebrated emotions, the exotic, and nature over
technology and the individual self.
The idea of 'Frankenstein' came to Mary one night when she was staying
by a lake in Geneva after telling frightening stories with her husband
Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. That night Mary had a terrifying
dream, she told her husband about the dream the next morning and he
encouraged her to develop and expand on what she had dreamt. In the
novel, scientist Victor Frankenstein infuses life into a collection of
inanimate body parts, the "birth" of his creation overwhelms
Frankenstein with the horror of what he has done.
The novel 'Frankenstein' is an example of gothic horror. This genre
became widely enjoyed because it was adventurous, imaginative and
exciting, a complete contrast to all that had gone on during the age
of reason. 'Frankenstein' includes some classic characteristics of
gothic horror. For example, 'Frankenstein' is set in wild/remote
locations, uses imaginative plots and deals with the subjects of
identity and the individual self, set apart from society.
Certain key events in Mary Shell...
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...ires social company and
is intruiged by humans and sees kindness and good in them. He also
appreciates artistic type things, such as, music and feels pain, and
reacts to it by crying.
There are things that differenciate the 'monster' and humans. For
instance, a human being must be conceived by both a man and a woman,
not made out of other human's body parts. Another thing, which
differentiates him and humans, is the fact that the monster lives out
in the wilderness alone, not in a home with a family.
In my personal opinion, I feel the 'monster' is human as there are
only two reasons to why the 'monster' created by Victor Frankenstein
is not human, and far more reasons why he can be classed as a human.
In my opinion, a human can be defined by having feelings. The
'monster' certainly does, as he experienced many.
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