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Mary Shelley's Influences for Writing Frankenstein

By | August 2008
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WHAT EXPERIENCES, POWERS OF IMAGINATION AND INFLUENCES MADE MARY SHELLEY WRITE SUCH AN INNOVATIVE NOVEL AS ‘FRANKENSTEIN’ WHEN SHE WAS ONLY 19 YEARS OF AGE?

“It was on a dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and 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.” (Frankenstein, page 86)

By looking at this extract taken from a novel, anybody would think that it was written by a very experienced writer; however, it is surprising that the author of the book was still a teenager. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus is a Gothic novel written by Mary Shelley. It was first published in London in 1818 and some people say that it was the very first science fiction novel ever written in that time. This classic horror story has been enormously popular and continuously in print in many languages. The story has inspired plays, poems, parodies, other stories, novels and more that 40 movies. Frankenstein has become known around the world, influenced across literature and popular culture, since it has spawned a new genre of horror stories. Frankenstein’s popularity is partly because it is the first modern myth that used science to give life to a monster. (http://frankenstein.monstrous.com/) Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was only 19 years old; how could such a young girl think of such a hideous idea which would become such an unimaginative success? Mary Shelley had many factors that influenced her to write one of the most successful stories of all times, which is also considered to be the greatest gothic romantic novel. The most...
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