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Mary Shelleys Life Shined Through her Work Born to two radical novelists in 1797 Mary Shelley had the gift and passion of writing in her blood Going through many hardships in her life such as the death of her mother and two children Shelley used her writing as a relief Holiday12 It is apparent in her work that her childhood and life as a young adult greatly affected her novels as well as the characters she wrote about Through out Mary Shelleys books she seems to be drawn to the concept of a child-parent bond She first displays this in Matidia the story of a fathers incestuous love for his daughter brought on by her resemblance of her dead mother In her novella The Mourner she explores the motif of a daughters abandonment of her mother at an early age The Mourner is commonly compared to Matidia and often criticied for not living up to the originonal McKeeverr1 Falkner her final novel was written about a man and his adopted daughter her investigation of extreme psychological states is modeled on the introspected fictions of her father William Godwin Todd2 The majority of her parent- child plots concern a father and daughter but in her first published piece Frankenstein she develops a fictitious plot to convey the same signification The main character is a monster that was created by a mad scientist who rejected him These ideas are related back to Marys life in two different ways The abandonment she had bestowed on her two children that she had miscarried lead her in a life of guilt and pain During March of 1815 she wrote in her journal stay at home and think of my little dead babyalways come back to the same point--that I was a mother and am so no longerdream that my little baby came life again that it had only been cold and
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