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Title: Mary Shelley


1
Mary Shelley
  • Frankenstein
  • Mr. Raber
  • Honors 12 English

2
Mary Shelley
August 30, 1797-February 1, 1851
3
Mother - Mary Wollstonecraft
  • famed writer, educator and feminist
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women
  • Argued that women are only inferior because of
    their lack of educational opportunities.
  • She envisioned a society based on reason and
    rationality.

4
Father William Godwin
  • Anarchist
  • Philosopher
  • Novelist
  • Journalist
  • Atheist dissenter

5
Growing Up The Stepmother
  • Mother died 10 days after birth
  • Father remarried Mary Jane Clairmont
  • A shady character with 2 illegitimate children
  • Educates her own 2 children better than Mary

6
Education
  • Governess Louisa Jones raised her during her
    early years
  • Father
  • Free access to his library
  • Published her first piece at the age of 11
  • Many famous guests visited her father

7
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Mary and her stepsister once hid under the sofa
    to hear him recite his famous poem Rime of the
    Ancient Mariner.
  • This poem later influenced her as she wrote
    Frankenstein.

8
Percy Shelley
  • Godwins frequent visitor
  • Married to Harriet Shelley
  • Well-known romantic poet and lyricist

9
The Scandal
  • Percy fell deeply in love with Mary
    Wollstonecraft-Godwin. They ran away together
    while Percys wife was pregnant with his child.
    After the childs birth, Harriet Shelley
    committed suicide in a lake in London. Mary and
    Percy married three weeks later.

10
Romantic Beyond Romance
  • Traveled - Italy
  • Switzerland, Germany,
  • Studied literature, language, music art

11
Always a Dark Side
  • Percy
  • Narcissistic (excessive self-love)
  • Free love theory
  • Affair with Marys stepsister Claire
  • Mary
  • 3 children in 5 years
  • 2 die as infants, Will as a toddler
  • Birth and death become primary thoughts in Marys
    mind

12
Lord Byron
  • Friend - Lord Byron
  • As the result of an affair, fathered a child with
    Clair Clairmont
  • Known for his Romantic Period poetry
  • The Byronic hero

13
The Challenge
  • While vacationing in Switzerland with Lord
    Byron, the friends agreed to a story challenge.

Hollywoods Frankenstein
14
FRANKENSTEIN
  • My imagination, unbidden, possessed and
    guided me I saw the pale student of unhallowed
    arts kneeling beside the thing he had put
    togetherI saw the hideous phantasm of a man
    stretched out, and then, on the working of some
    powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir
    with an uneasy, half-vital.

15
Interestingly.
  • Mary titled the novel Frankenstein or the Modern
    Prometheus.
  • She did not put her own name on the 1818 edition.
  • Mary finally received credit when she wrote the
    introduction and published the 1831 edition.

16
A Year of Tragedy
  • In 1822
  • Claires daughter dies at the convent where her
    father has sent her.
  • Percy saves Mary from bleeding to death following
    a miscarriage.
  • Caught in a storm, Percy dies while boating.

17
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley died in 1851.
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