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  • Writer's pictureMarie Saldaña

Frankenstein & Feminism

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

Frankenstein is a famous novel, published in 1818, that’s continuously taught today. Frankenstein is a story that showcases the imagination of the human condition represented by a scientist who oversteps the limits of conscience. “A monster brought to life in an alien world, ever more desperately attempting to escape the torture of his solitude.”, is one of the most famous quotes referenced from this book.

Mary Shelley was born in 1797 in the city of London, with a mother, Mary Wollestonecraft, who was one of the first enlightened thinkers to introduce the idea of feminism and women’s equal rights.

Unfortunately, her mother died shortly after her birth. But as the daughter of an enlightened thinker and a political writer, Mary made use of her parent’s extensive library. At the age of 16, Mary eloped with a poet named Percy Bysshe Shelley on December 30, 1816. When she reached the age of 18, Mary and her friends entered a dare to see who could write the scariest story. This is where the story Frankenstein comes into play, and it goes on to become one of the most famous novels in history.

Not only does Mary Shelley incorporate her past trauma into her book, but she also writes a clear example of feminism. Breaking the law of nature, Victor Frankenstein uses science to break the laws of maternity and tries to make life without a mother. Unfortunately, Victor Frankenstein fears his creation and makes a monster that ends up killing himself. Life without women would simply be nonexistent.

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