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Mary Shellys novel The Modern Prometheus also known as Frankenstein is about a man Victor Frankenstein who has the desire some may say an obsession to create a human creature and bring it to life It ends up with disastrous consequences Frankenstein is a complex novel written in 1818 when the author was challenged to write a horror story In 1816 Shelly was in Geneva Switzerland on a trip with her husband Percy Shelly and his friend and associate Lord George Byron who challenged them all to write their stories At Eton College Shelley had become interested in Luigi Calvanis experiments with electric shocks to make dead frogs muscles twitch Shelly allegedly had a dream in which she said that she witnessed the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out and then on the working of some powerful engine show signs of life and stir with a uneasy half vital motion These were the two reasons that Shelly spoke of to chose to write the novel that she did At the time Shelly published Frankenstein 1818 people of the day disbelieved that a nineteen year old woman was capable of writing a horror novel such as The Modern Prometheus Because of the way that the people of the time felt Mary Shelly published the book anonymously but many people wrongly believed that the author was her husband Percy In my opinion the most important and significant chapter in the book is chapter five This is the chapter in which Frankensteins monster is finished and brought to life We see that the scientist has begun going almost in to a trance to complete the monster and does not think of the consequences One knows this because of the line I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation This quote shows that Frankenstein wants to create his being so badly that he does not think of the result
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