Childhood Decisions In Mary Shelley's Life

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Mary Shelley, with no doubt, lived a hard life filled with sorrow and despair. Her mother died during childbirth. She had a stepmother that she never got along with (“Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley”). Her adult life decisions led to the alienation of her father and her own home town. These actions contributed to one of her greatest Gothic Literature novels, Frankenstein (“Mary Shelley”). Mary Shelley 's relationships with her parents, her husband, and other writers influenced her to write her novel Frankenstein. As mentioned earlier, Shelley’s mother died during childbirth, leaving Shelley and her father alone. This was a big impact on Shelley’s life. She never really knew her mother, thus giving her the feeling of not knowing the love of…show more content…
They rented a home near Lord Byron, whom is a famous writer. While stuck in their home, one stormy afternoon. Byron invited the Shelley’s to come over and have a ghost writing party. He also invited his physician, John Polidori. Many things were discussed during this party, but one topic stuck out like a sore thumb to Shelley. The group went over what would happen if man tried to act as a God; to try and recreate a human being, and how they would accomplish this. At the time, this was a very frightening thought. After one session of the party, Shelley awoke that night to a “waking nightmare”. She saw a man creating a human being, with lightning. She saw herself as this creature, a sad being wandering the world, wondering if she would ever really find acceptance amongst her family and friends. Mary Shelley dealt with a lot; she never really knew her mother and the only mother figure in her life disliked her. Her bad decisions led to the alienation of her family and hometown. Her own relationship felt wrong because of how it began. Mary Shelley’s relationship with her parents, her husband and her influence of other writers led her to create her most famous novel. Her feelings of being abandoned and disowned were expressed in the Creature’s short life. Mary Shelley was a talented, misunderstood
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