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Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley was a pioneering writer of the 19th century, best known for her novel “Frankenstein.” Born in 1797 to feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and political writer William Godwin, Shelley grew up in an intellectually stimulating environment and began writing at a young age.

Shelley’s masterpiece, “Frankenstein,” was first published anonymously in 1818. The novel tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a monstrous creature through the use of cutting-edge science and technology. The creature, rejected by society and abandoned by its creator, sets out on a quest for revenge, ultimately leading to Victor’s downfall.

“Frankenstein” is not only a gripping tale of ambition and consequences, but also a commentary on the dangers of unchecked scientific progress. Through the characters of Victor and the creature, Shelley raises important questions about the responsibility that comes with creating life, and the consequences of playing God. Additionally, the novel explores themes of isolation, the nature of humanity, and the desire for acceptance and love.


The novel’s lasting impact can be seen in its numerous adaptations in film, television, and theater, as well as its continued relevance in discussions about science, ethics, and society. In fact, the novel is considered one of the earliest examples of science fiction and has had a significant influence on the genre.

Furthermore, the novel’s impact can be seen in the way it has been read and interpreted over time. Initially, it was considered to be a horror story, but as the years have gone by, it has been read as a cautionary tale about the dangers of science and the hubris of man. It has been used as a tool to explore issues such as the impact of technology on society, the ethics of genetic manipulation, and the dangers of playing god.

In conclusion, “Frankenstein” is an enduring masterpiece that continues to be relevant today. Mary Shelley’s novel is an intricate exploration of the dangers of unchecked scientific progress and the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions. Its themes of isolation, the nature of humanity, and the desire for acceptance and love have resonated with readers for over 200 years, making it an important piece of literature that is sure to be read and studied for generations to come.

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