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Mary Shelley lived in the betrayal of her parents haunted by her mothers abandonment and the incompetence of her father and his wicked stepmother Her stepmother was quite actively jealous of her predecessors daughter and resented the bond between father and daughter After his remarriage Mary resided in her own silence reading by her mothers grave Wollstonecraft Marys mother died of puerperal fever eleven days after the August 30 1797 birth of their daughter so that Godwin was left with the infant and a step-daughter three year old Fanny In marrying Mrs Clairmont Godwin hoped to find at last the helpmate he sorely needed to supply the children with a mothers guidance However his young daughters insecure bonding to him already set by her being used to the strictly only father daughter relationship the disruptive transition to a refashioned household with a new wife and her partiality for her own children Godwins remarriage instead helped activate in Mary a lifelong desire to compensate her father for the loss of his exquisite first wife and their short- lived marital happiness The theme of parenting throughout Frankenstein reflects Marys own tragedies with childbirth and upbringing She lost her own child and tried desperately to recreate life with in and she was abandoned by her mother in death and left with a father who held an interesting relationship with his daughter Mary only had one child to reach adulthood and one nearly killed her during a miscarriage Although only one child had been born and died by her nineteenth year childbirth pregnancy and parenting were very important issues in her life at that time thus being described in Frankenstein You can easily imagine Mary Godwin in part angry with a father who did not in return recognize her anger because of his inability to deal with his own threatening nervousness towards her Denied her right to express anger the Mary suppresses it and continues the attempt to read
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