A Path Towards Evil By Mark Shelley

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Mary Shelley's life experiences and the era in which she lived were the influencing factors that led her to write the novel Frankenstein and explore the major themes within it. One of the main reasons that led Mary into writing this fascinating novel was the fact that she had never received love throughout her life. The beginning of Mary's life resulted in the death of her mother. "Mary was never known to her mother" (Neilson). The loss of her mother meant that Mary would never be loved by the one who she needed the most throughout her life. The loss of Mary's mother wasn't only tragic for Mary but Mary's father was also greatly affected by it. "Her father was a distant man at best and he never completely forgave his daughter for causing his wife's death"(Neilson). The loss of Mary's mother not only meant a loss of love from whom she needed it the most but also loss of love from others that she needed as well. As Mary grew, her life begun to get better because she eventually found the man of her dreams and decided to marry him. After Mary married the man of her dreams, they had several children but most of them died. The death of Mary's children greatly affected her because she kept losing her loved ones. The pain of constantly losing her loved ones led Mary into being a lonely woman which she later expressed in Frankenstein using a universal truth that if something seems too extraordinary, chances are it probably is.Frankenstein is a very fascinating novel because in this novel the author manages to convey the main theme and the universal truth of the story using chronological flashbacks. This novel begins with the introduction of Walton, who is on a search for something big. While searching, Walton finds the novels protagonist, Victor Frankenstein who reveals that he constantly suffers the pain of creating a monster, "as the memory of past misfortunes pest upon me, I began to reflect upon their cause-the monster whom I had created, the miserable daemon whom I had sent aboard into the world for my destruction" (Shelley 99). The previous quote makes it evident that Victor put his own life in jeopardy due to the lack of his judgment to create the monster and abandon him to the world he is yet not familiar with. Abandoning an unfamiliar character in this evil world led to a creation of a monster that wanted...

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