In what ways are the values, ideas and language in the novel Frankenstein reflective of Mary Shelly's time?this is related to things like the romantic movement, industrial revolution, Gothic novel...

In what ways are the values, ideas and language in the novel Frankenstein reflective of Mary Shelly's time?

this is related to things like the romantic movement, industrial revolution, Gothic novel etc.

any help would be greatly appreciated. i need help quickly please. x

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One of the main themes that runs through "Frankenstein," that reflects Mary Shelley's time is the pursuit of dangerous knowledge, or the leaps and bounds that scientific advances were making in the 19th century.  The Industrial Revolution was advancing technology and the machine at a rapid pace. It was also an age of exploration, the Arctic, South Seas and other regions of the world were being explored for the first time.

"In addition to technological advances and new machines such as the steam engine, scientific advancements influenced the Romantic period."

 Shelley is actually inspired to write her horror story from the real life experiences of doctors, who, in an effort to understand human anatomy, robbed corpses from graves to study.

"By the 1820s, anatomy instruction had become central to medical education, but laws of the time, if they allowed for dissection, let medical schools use corpses only of condemned murderers. In their scramble to find other cadavers for students, doctors who taught anatomy competed for the booty of grave robbers—or sent medical students to rob the graves themselves."

In this novel, Shelly expresses her respect and fear for scientific discovery and the possibility that it might advance too far.  It is a true expression of the literary movement known as Romanticism.

"Romantics, who promoted the uniqueness of individual imagination and expression, believed in the interrelation of nature, spirituality, and humankind."