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Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

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Devin McCurdy

on 9 April 2013

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Transcript of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

The Last Man 1797-1851 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Famous Lines Major Works The Life of Mary Shelley “Was there no injustice in this? Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all humankind sinned against me?” (Shelley 167)
- Creature Mathilda Brilliant parents, Mary Jane Clairmont

loved step-sister Fanny

Percy Shelley

4 children, 1 miscarriage, 1survive

Death of Percy Lodore Falkner Frankenstein The Outside World Pathetic Fallacy No formal education
Access to large public library
Encouraged to write
15- Scotland Education Influences Thesis The creature's isolation and search for knowledge Shelley's abandonment and unconventional upbringing Death of Victor's family Milton’s Paradise Lost Death experienced by Shelley presentation of inanimate objects in nature as possessing human feelings Gothic in Frankenstein Parallels Between Shelley and Frankenstin Supernatural outside is a reflection of the internal "black and comfortless sky" (Shelley 45)
"horror and disgust fill[ing his] heart" (Shelley 43) "watery eyes... shriveled complexion and straight black lips"
"[he] saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs" (Shelley 43) William Godwin Percy Shelley Samual Coleridge Lord Byron Latest scientific discoveries “my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs" (Shelley 43)
- Victor Frankenstein Feeling of isolation from growing up without her mother Multiple deaths in a short amount of time Shelley's Romantic Life sent away to live with family friends Fanny, Percy's ex wife, children Guilt and depression “The desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge” (Shelley 72)
- Creature
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