Topics: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Romanticism Pages: 2 (558 words) Published: March 24, 2013
Frankenstein: The first Modern Monster Story

Mary Shelley combined her childhood experience and the political, cultural and social upheaval, revolution to the book Frankenstein. It also reflects the modern concerns about the science and religion, loneliness and the natural world. Mary Shelley expressed her feeling of the real life to the character she made in the book. With the modern romanticism writing style, Mary infused the element of the Gothic novel and the science fiction and the Romantic Movement which make the novel became the first modern monster story.

Mary Shelly was an English novelist, short story writer, who is the daughter of philosopher William Godwin and the writer Mary Wollstonecraft. She was in Somers Town in London in 1797. Mary Shelly’s mother died in her early childhood, this affect her a lot in her future works. At age 18 Shelley ran off with Percy Bysshe Shelley, a leading British Romantic poet, who she married in 1816. After her husband died, she started her writing work, and created the successful Gothic novel Frankenstein. This novel is heavily influenced by the Shelly’s childhood experience, her hard time and the social, political event happened at that time. At that time, which Shelly is writing and publishing Frankenstein, there were many scientific fictions influenced by the scientific revolution during the romanticism period. That is the reason why Frankenstein is the first modern monster story, which included so many political, social, scientific modern issues, with the modern romanticism style and the Epistolary format.

As the first modern monster story, Frankenstein showed a totally different monster character to all the readers. The monster is not a creature eating people, with unfamiliar shape and color. The monster in Frankenstein is emotional, logical, with very strong body and rapid movement. The monster knows how to love, how to care, and more like a superman, that is a big difference with the older...
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