Summarize the following topics, which influenced Mary Shelley in some way when she wrote Frankenstein: Galvanism (see Luigi Galvini), Eugenics (see Sir Francis Galton), The Legend of Prometheus, and Dr. Johan Faust (see Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Mann).  Prepare a brief report, describing each topic and explaining what aspects would have influenced the author.

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I can't do this assignment for you, but I can give you a brief summary of each of these topics that will allow you to see how they relate to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and enable you to formulate your own answer.

Galvanism: Galvanism is named after Luigi Galvani, an Italian doctor and physicist who was able to make a dead frog's legs twitch when he applied electricity to it. Galvanism, in its simplest terms, is the creation of electric impulses through chemical reactions. Some of its proponents suspected that one could use electricity to bring dead matter back to life.

Eugenics: Eugenics was invented by Sir Francis Galton, who believed that the human race could be made better by selective breeding. Eugenics is the controversial idea of weeding out undesirable traits and trying to keep only the ones that would make humanity better.

The Legend of Prometheus: Prometheus was a Titan in Greek mythology. He created the first man from clay, and he later stole fire from the gods to give to the humans he created, which eventually led to his downfall.

Dr. Johann Faust: Dr. Johann Faust was an astronomer, magician, and alchemist. He was a real person, but he became a folk legend, recorded in such fictions as Christopher Marlowe's 1604 play The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. Centuries later, Thomas Mann explored this concept in his 1947 novel Doctor Faustus. The story of Faust has become a prevalent cultural trope regarding the selling of one's soul for great abilities or personal gain.

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