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Married his wife Harriet when he was 19. Fell in love with Mary when she was 16 ... Romantic period nature, neoclassicism, nationalism, heroism, supernatural ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Mary Shelley


1
Mary Shelley
  • 1797 - 1851

2
Marys Parents
  • Mother - Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  • She was a feminist, educator and writer
  • Father - William Godwin
  • An anarchist
  • Raised her after her mother died shortly after
    giving birth

3
Mr. Shelley
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley poet
  • Married his wife Harriet when he was 19
  • Fell in love with Mary when she was 16
  • They eloped to France in 1814 when she was 17
    Harriet committed suicide.

4
Ghost Stories
  • In 1816, Mary traveled to Lake Geneva with Percy,
    Lord Byron and others
  • Forced to stay indoors on one particular evening
    the group of young writers and intellectuals
    decided to have a ghost-story writing contest
  • Another guest, Dr. John Polidori, came up with
    The Vampyre, later to become a strong influence
    on Bram Stoker's Dracula

5
Marys Frustration
  • Mary had writers block
  • That night she had a waking dream where she saw
    "the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling
    beside the thing he had put together"
  • She started writing -
    in time it
    would be
    published as Frankenstein

6
Tragedy
  • Family suicides
  • Infant deaths
  • The drowning of her husband, Percy

7
This is so Goth
  • Frankenstein one of the most famous Gothic
    novels
  • Romantic period nature, neoclassicism,
    nationalism, heroism, supernatural
  • Gothic - off-shoot of the Romantics
  • Dealt with terror and mystery in addition to the
    nature and supernatural elements of Romanticism
  • Terror (psychological physical), darkness,
    death, decay, secrets, madness,

8
Horace Walpoles Mansion
9
The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli 1781
10
The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli 1802
11
Front Cover of the 1831 Edition
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