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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Contemparary Relevance Frankenstein Comes Alive Shelly Bio Historical Context Societal Manifestations of Fear Facts About Frankenstein Frankenstein's monster represents a multitude of fears that were commonduring Shelly's time. They included concerns about the industrial revolutionand science's role in a still highly religioussociety. It also plays on moral questions that still apply today, such as if humans have the right to "play god" or what theresponsibilities are of modern scientists. 1. The novel resulted from a competition between Mary, her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley,Lord Byron and the writer John Polidori to see who could write the best horror story. Frankenstein is relevant todaybecause of how Shelly paints human nature. Shelley tapped into a fear that scientists, being venal human beings, will not be wise or responsible enough to control their potentially deadly creations. There has been renewed appereance of the popularfigure of Dr. Frankenstein in debates over such fundamentally transformative technologies as genetic engineering. Certainly, genetic engineering holds revolutionary promise for improving our lot, but, the Shelly makes it clear that theremay not be a person able to manage it. Mary Godwin, later known as Mary Shellywas a writer who wrote several novelsincluding Frankenstein. She was born inLondon, England. She lived in aristocracyand had liberal ideologies. Throughout herlife she was ostracized due to her having anaffair with Percy Shelly, a married man whoeventually divorced and married Godwin.Three of her four children died prematurelyand her husband died an early death in asailing accident. She died at age 60 mostlikely from a brain tumor in 1851. 2. It is said that the plot came to Mary Shelley in a dream about a scientist who created life. 3. The first edition was published anonymously in 1818. Mary Shelleys name was added in 1823. 4. Frankensteins monster is given no name in the book but referred to only as creature, monster, fiend, wretch, vile insect, demon, being, or it. There was much conflict during and beforethe era that Frankenstein was written in.The French revolution and the terrorhappened 20 years before the book waswritten. During the time many countrieswere attempting to free themselves fromthe monarchies put in place in Europe.During this time period countries werein the midst of the industrial Revolution, which would also change the face of Europe forever. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein integrates all of these events and providescommentary on what Mary Shelly thoughtthey could lead to.
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