Motherhood And Slavery In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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When writing the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley used many of her own struggles and experiences to develop the gothic story. However her own encounters with motherhood and pregnancy, as well as the different overwhelming emotions that result from it are strongly represented in the story. Along with this she explores the similar situations that result from child birth or the lack of it, such as abortion, post pardon depression and the effects that these have on the offspring. She then emphasizes these concepts by changing the gender of the protagonist, creating elements of feminism in a different way.
Through Marry Shelley’s despair over her dead infant and the diligent struggle to become pregnant she creates the main protagonist Victor Frankenstein (Shelley 203-204). Her grief that is portrayed through this character aids his hunger for power and knowledge for natural science, by implicating the fear of loss and heightening his passion for success. This is shown by the quote “I thought, that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in the process of time (although I now find it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption” (Shelley 48).
In the character’s quest for discovering the hidden aspects of nature and finding security and purpose within, he establishes a goal. This is to create a creature that will test the principal of life (Shelley 47). He then devotes everything to this task as if it is his only purpose and is
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