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How can Mary Shelley's Frankenstein be linked to the social and cultural history...

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swarnamalis | College Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted April 16, 2012 at 1:31 AM via web

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How can Mary Shelley's Frankenstein be linked to the social and cultural history of the time?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2012 at 1:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein reflects several different social and cultural movements. It may actually have been inspired by lectures on electricity. In general, it shows how it was possible to both be impressed by the advances of science by also worried that science, left to itself, might result in creation of monsters (only God should be trusted with godlike power). Actual reports from explorers influenced the Arctic landscape. A Marxist reading would see the monster as like the English Luddites and French mob who stormed the Bastille, a worker rebelling against a master.

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