Mary Shelley's Influence On Frankenstein

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The success of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, established the idea that women could be successful in fields dominated by men, such as writing. Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had been an advocate for women’s rights while she had been alive, and the idea that women could compete and surpass men in their own field continued that work, establishing respect for women as writers. The novel also helped to create the genre known as science fiction, as it was the first widely successful novel that showcase the genre’s themes, and as such, was influential in the writing of countless other writers, who mimicked the themes present in the novel. Without Mary Shelley’s influence in the field of writing, science…show more content…
Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had been an advocate for women’s rights while she had been alive, and the idea that women could compete and surpass men in their own field continued that work, establishing respect for women as writers. The novel also helped to create the genre known as science fiction, as it was the first widely successful novel that showcase the genre’s themes, and as such, was influential in the writing of countless other writers, who mimicked the themes present in the novel. Without Mary Shelley’s influence in the field of writing, science fiction would likely not exist, or at least not be as popular a genre as it is today. She also blazed the way for other female writers to publish their works, helping to form the literature that is popular around the world, today. Science Fiction is a genre grounded in valid scientific research, it predicts what the future could look like given new scientific discoveries and it offers a humanistic critique of specific technological inventions or the nature of scientific thinking.1. The novel presented a biting critique of the science of Mary’s day, which was anti-family and anti-female. 2. The science presented in the novel, which brings Frankenstein’s monster to life, was based off of a real science experiment done by Luigi Galvani, who proposed that electricity flowed through the nerves, and showed that a dead frog, when shocked with electricity, would jerk and move as if alive because of the stimulation to its
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