Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley endured many adversities during her life. Some of these included her female parent deceasing during childbearing. her abhoring stepmother. and later in life. the decease of her darling hubby. Although she maintained a strong relationship with her male parent. it did non cover-up the absence of a strong maternal figure. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. was influenced by the hurting she encountered in her life.
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born on August 30. 1797 to the twosome of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Wollstonecraft was a well-known women’s rightist and Godwin was a popular political philosopher every bit good as a novelist. The two were rather the twosome ; both were intellectuals and had had a bent for composing. Most of their clip together was spent composing letters to each other. Wollstonecraft already had an illicit kid. so when she found out she was pregnant with Godwin’s kid. she demanded matrimony. Ironically. both were steadfast trusters in non-committal relationships and frowned upon matrimony. Nevertheless. months after the nuptials. Mary was born. and 10 yearss after giving birth. Mary Wollstonecraft passed off. Godwin blamed himself for the decease of his new bride. and was non yet up to the undertaking of raising a new babe miss by himself. Despite his uncertainnesss. he took on the new duty. Even after he remarried. he and his girl Mary retained a strong bond. ( ST Clair )
Few old ages after Mary Wollstonecraft’s decease. Godwin was remarried. Mary now had a new stepmother and two bran-new half sisters. Godwin thought that it would be a measure in the right way to acquire remarried for the benefit of his kid. However. the adult female that he married did non accept Mary as her ain. Her ain two girls ever came foremost and because of this. Mary was frequently disregarded. When there was any conversing between Mary and her stepmother. it was largely filled with clash. The abhoring attitude from the stepmother was from a bitterness of Mary and her male parent ; she received more attending from him so anyone else. Due to the deficiency of attending shown by her stepmother. Mary frequently went to the site of her mother’s grave.
During these drawn-out visits at Saint Pancras God’s acre. she would read ( frequently her mother’s Hagiographas ) and write in her diary. Although she ne’er was officially educated. she learned things from her male parent and the people that often visited their house. Such people that attended the Godwin family were Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mary’s shortly to be husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley admired Godwin’s positions really much and one twenty-four hours he even stayed the dark at their house. Even though Mary noticed Shelley at her house. this was non where she foremost encountered him. Mary met Shelley for the first clip when she was at her mother’s gravesite. Although the two were attracted to each other. neither acted on it. This was chiefly because Percy was married at the clip and Mary was merely 14 old ages of age. ( “Shelley” )
Two old ages after Mary and Percy met. they eventually acted on their passion. Leaving behind an impregnated married woman with a yearling. 21 twelvemonth old Percy and 16 twelvemonth old Mary ( along with her 15 twelvemonth old half sister Claire ) . eloped. They left their places in Holborn and went to Switzerland. They spent many months after that merely going all over Europe. In the undermentioned spring. they were blessed with a babe miss. Sadly. a few hebdomads subsequently. the kid died. Eight old ages after this. Mary would hold miscarried five kids. ( Bigland )
Not even two old ages after their elopement. Mary. Percy. and Claire attended one of the many parties held by their friends. At these parties. there were ever a figure of games made up to maintain their rational heads bombinating. This peculiar party thrown by Lord Byron. was one that made history books ; here was when Frankenstein was born. It was a dark and stormy dark. and the party decided it would be fun for everyone to make a kind of “horror” narrative. Acerate leaf to state. Mary decided to work on a narrative about an ambitious immature scientist who creates a unrecorded homo being without the aid of God. However. Mary ( so Mary Shelley ) chose to convey hers home to complete it. The subject of making unreal life was really challenging to most people in that clip period. It was highly unusual for a adult female to be composing on such a subject of contention. so why is it that Mary had chosen it? ( Seymour )
Many thoughts are brought up about the accounts to why Mary Shelley would take such a subject to compose on. It was true that unreal life was one of the more popular topics of the clip period. but was that truly why Mary wrote the narrative? It is rather possible that she chose to compose Frankenstein to exorcise her ain devils. She could hold wanted to acquire all her ideas out about the capable affair while seting some of her ain personal touches in. Something she evidently used in the novel was an old ‘rime’ by Coleridge that her male parent used to frighten her with when she went to kip at dark. It was called the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” ; dark after dark. Mary’s male parent would declaim this. It was about a alone adult male on the sea being haunted by the solitariness and icy Waterss
of the ocean. This. of class. is used throughout the book when Robert Walton is on his alone pursuit to make the North Pole. Or possibly another ground Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein was to show how she felt about her female parent. Mary might hold felt like the monster Dr. Frankenstein creates because she “killed” her ain female parent. or Godhead. It can non be denied that Mary portions many of the same traits with the monster. When the monster is created and allow loose. he teaches himself how to read and understand the universe. much like Mary turning up. The monster besides feels alienated from society because he is different ; Mary felt alienated from her ain household because she was the uneven kid that her stepmother did non care for.
The monster is invariably seeking company ; Mary sought company excessively ( therefore why she eloped so early ) because of her stray province. The monster can besides stand for Mary’s bad relationship with her stepmother. All the penned up solitariness. defeats. and green-eyed monster that was at that place in their relationship is balled up into one character: the monster. It is wholly possible. This could besides explicate why the narrative lacks a strong female character ; there are merely enduring male characters. The lone female characters in the narrative suffer physically or emotionally and so are rapidly out of the image. It is rather obvious that Mary’s female parent dieing and her hateful stepmother denying her had hurt her deeply and it was non something she was approximately to allow travel. ( Frankenstein & A ; Seymour )
After Frankenstein is written. about six old ages subsequently. Mary Shelley’s beloved hubby dies. As if the adult female had non had worse things happen in her life. more obstructions kept being thrown in her way. She was a tough adult female with strong points of position. and she expressed them through her authorship. Having written Frankenstein. she became one of the first female science-fiction writers. Using her mother’s decease. her father’s bond. and her stepmother’s hatred and green-eyed monster. she wrote a novel that will be remembered for centuries to come.