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Political and Social Influences on Mary Shelley's Frankenste

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Mikayla Cross

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Political and Social Influences on Mary Shelley's
Frankenstein

Influences
Mary Shelley's mother and father were political extremists. Her father was a political philosopher and her mother was a feminist. Likewise, her husband was also an extremist.

This influenced Shelley to opt out of the radical gradient set up by her parents and husband.
Social Influences in
Frankenstein
The monster in the novel is a critique of society's view of outsiders. Shelley uses the monster to display the corruption found within the social structure of England in the early 19th century.
Political Influences in
Frankenstein
The monster represented a loose cannon that threatened the status quo of the political structure of that time. The growth of radical groups in society was displayed through the monster's ability to destroy everything around him.
Literature Citations
Sterrenburg, Lee. "Mary Shelley's Monster: Politics and Psyche in Frankenstein." Knarf. UPenn, n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2014. <http://knarf.english.upenn.edu/Articles/sterren.html>.
Mary Shelley's Political and Social Ideals
Mary Shelly grew up in a home with parents who were radically liberal in their political beliefs. In contrast, Shelley opted for a more
conservative
and slightly
pessimistic
view of the world.
By: Andre Baldwin, Mikayla Cross, and Sam Sharpe
At the time Frankenstein was written, Shelley was just beginning to form her conservative beliefs.
Social and Political Context in Frankenstein." CrossRef-It. CrossRef-It, n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2014. <http://www.crossref-it.info/textguide/Frankenstein/7/330>.
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