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A-level English - The Gothic Novel: Mary Shelley

A guide to resources on the Gothic novel; the origins, indicators, authors and books, compiled by your librarians.

About Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851)

Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) was the daughter of the famous political philosopher William Goodwin(1756-1856)  and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary WollstonecraftThe novel is about Victor Frankenstein who creates a monstrous  being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. Frankenstein then rejects his creation and the monster vows vengeance. Click on the image above to read more....

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In Frankenstein, the monster fits all the definitions of what a monster is. The monster's appearance is considered both extraordinary, beautiful, huge, and repulsive by his own creator. When there is that unnatural combination of beauty and deformity, it is almost as if creature is monstrous because he is deformed.   

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