How can knowing Mary Shelley's biography help us understand "Frankenstein?"State one quote from shelley's personal life, related to the story. Original question: How is author's information...

How can knowing Mary Shelley's biography help us understand "Frankenstein?"

State one quote from shelley's personal life, related to the story.

Original question: How is author's information relevant to the writing of the story Frankenstein ?

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Whether the biography of an author is relevant to interpretation of a work has been much debated among literary critics, with pure deconstructionists and New Critics areguing that the work must stand by itself and historicist critics arguing for the relvance of biography.

Two characters in Mary Shelley's life may have influenced elements of Frankenstein. Her father, William Godwin, was a noted radical thinker, who like Victor, advocated free inquiry into matters that more conservative thinkers would have considered heretical. Percy Shelley, the poet, who was interested in scientific experiment in his youth, may have been the direct model for Victor.

I'm not sure what you mean by a "quote from shelley's personal life" [sic]. Do you mean a statement in some biography of Shelley that you have been assigned to read? An excerpt from one of her letters? or?

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