Motherhood In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, experiences the horrors of many relationships. Beginning with her birth, the death of her mother, and secluded childhood to her miscarriages, and child, Shelley is not thinking about writing the best gothic or science fiction literature. Shelley writes this novel to reflect her experiences and fears. Frankenstein, being based on the life of Mary Shelley, roots itself in events of her past, as well as in specific names and dates. Walton’s letters written to Margaret Walton Saville, who shares the same initials as Shelley, are written beginning on December 11 of the 18th Century to September 17 of the 18th Century. These dates coincide with the third pregnancy of Shelley and the writing of this novel. The Creature is created in 1797, the exact year that Shelley is born. With her mother dying, her secluded childhood, and several miscarriages, Shelley feels…show more content…
Shelley describes William, who also shares the same name as her son, as “a little darling with sweet laughing blue eyes, dark eyelashes, curling hair, and dimpled cheeks rosy with health (53).” Shelley is afraid that William, her son, may die like her last child. Before the birth of her son, all of Shelley’s worries about the failure of her marriage and having another miscarriage peak, and is translated into her novel. Victor has a dream after the sight of his horrendous creation. In the nightmare, Elizabeth comes back to him, they kiss, but then she morphs into the dead rotting corpse of his mother, then wakes up to the sight of his creature standing over him. In fear of his creature, Victor abandons his creation and neglects to take responsibility. This dream is horrifying because it shows all of the emotions Shelley was feeling during that time. Whatever the exact reason for writing of this horrible dream, both Shelley and Frankenstein abandoned their loved

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