Motherity And Motherhood In Frankenstein

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Published in 1818, Frankenstein is one of the most famous works of Mary Shelley and its origin is almost as mysterious and exciting as the novel itself. The book is telling a story about the monstrous and mortal consequences of male creation, arising from a rivalry between man's affinities to his family and surely to science as well. Recently, modern literary critics do not perceive the work of Shelley merely as a fictional creation, but primarily as a novel that reflects the author's personal experience and above all her ambivalence about motherhood. The concept of maternity brings the author fatal connotations, which are associated not only with death, but also with other feelings surrounded it. A famous American literary critic, Ellen Moers, was the first one who discovered the real deep soul of the book, claiming that Shelley's own experiences of pregnancy, birth and child-rearing, by the time she wrote Frankenstein, so inextricably and fearfully connected with death, give an explanation of her guilt, anxiety and depression related to motherhood. The death was always part of Shelley's life, especially with the loss of her mother and her own children. These survivals took a significant part in her self-identification and creation as…show more content…
The next struggle was death of her half sister Fanny, who commited suicide upon discovering her illegitimacy and additionally, Harriet Shelly, the ex wife of Percy, drown herself because she was expecting a baby from the other man than her husband. In an eerie and mysterious repetition of circumstances, the fact that another woman's death gave her a chance to get married and made her social rebirth as Mrs Shelley possible, shows that the complications at her „first“ natural birth are strongly connected with her mother's

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