Mary Shelle1 - Shows how people of different genders and...

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Mary Shelley - Child Prodigy Bio * Child of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin * Never knew her mother, but her father passed on her feminist ideas * Married Percy Shelley against her father’s wishes * Lost three children and several relatives before 21 * The extreme grief and anger inspired Frankenstein , who is also motivated by grief * The novel was the result of a bet between herself, Shelley, and Byron, as to who could tell the best ghost story Three types of novels in the Romantic era * Gothic Novels – long stories containing elements of suspense, mystery, magic, macabre, and usually set in spooky locations like haunted houses and dark forests * Gothic novels usually twist the Romantic love of nature by making even the ugliest aspects of nature seem good, and by making science look evil * Frankenstein * Novel of manners - one in which “the social mores of a specific group are defined and described in detail and with great accuracy, and these mores become powerful controls over characters.”
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Unformatted text preview: * Shows how people of different genders and classes are supposed to interact with each other. * Two types of novels of manners – one shows how characters are rewarded for following social mores and punished for disobeying * More often, the novel of manners is supposed to show how society forces people to behave, especially when their lives are destroyed by doing the very things that society deems good and proper behavior * Pride and Prejudice , Jane Eyre * Historical novels – novels that depict a time before the life of the author * Every Romantic novel seem historical to us, but they are only called so if they depict a time before Romanticism * Often depict important historical events, or dramatize the changes in society * Ivanhoe , The Scarlet Letter Frankenstein * What kind of novel is it? * Clearly gothic * What motivates Shelley to write about the resurrection of the dead? * She was 19 when she wrote it...
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