Romanticism Through the View of Mary Shelley

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Romanticism deals a lot with elements and how the affect human beings. Romanticism allowed people to get away from the constricted, normal views of life and concentrate on an emotional and sentimental side of humanity. The majority of literature during this time focused on the state of human nature. The romantic period was characterized by the ideas and techniques of the literary period that preceded it, which was more scientific and rational in nature. Romantics were involved in emotional directness of personal experience and individual imagination and aspiration. This emotional directness of personal experience can be viewed in two novels written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein and Mathilda. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley lives through her writings breathing through each character; one can place themselves into the world of Shelley through these novels.

To be able to understand her we will view a glimpse of her life. Mary Wollstonecraft was born August 30, 1979. She already had shoes to fill as her parents were Mary Wollstonecraft, an advocate for women’s rights and William Gowin, political philosopher and novelist. Mary’s mother died shortly after her birth leaving her father to raise her and her half-sister Fanny Imlay. Although, Mary Wollstonecraft received little formal education she was tutored by her father and had access to his library. It’s amazing to think that this woman was as brilliant as she was with her writings just by the knowledge that she absorbed through readings, her father, and the many intellectuals that visited. She started young with publishing her first poem at the age of ten. At the end of 1812, she met Percy Shelley, whom she married in 1816, making her known as Mary Shelley.

“They were the eyry of freedom, and the pleasant region where unheeded I could commune with the creatures of my fancy. I wrote then but in a most common-place style. It was beneath the trees of the grounds belonging to our house, on the...
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