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Throughout the novel Frankenstein Mary Shelley predominantly reflects values upheld Victorian English Society more-so than shaping the values Firstly an example of a reflected value is the concept of a pursuit of knowledge in the novel Another example of a reflected value in the text is the use of Romanticism throughout the novel Chauvinism is also a reflected value contained within the text in which the creation lacks a motherly figure On the other hand Shelley shapes the values of her society when talking about region in the novel comparing it to the context of the English Society in which she wrote the book The idea or concept of a pursuit of knowledge throughout Frankenstein is clearly an example of Mary Shelley reflecting the ideals and values held in 19th Century English society Whether you take into account Robert Waltons pursuit of knowledge in the letters he writes to his sister declaring his desires of discovery 8230and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man These are my enticements and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death8230 Or on the other hand you could analyse Victor Frankensteins pursuit of knowledge which is at first aimed at finding an answer to the inevitable event of death These pursuits are obviously reflected from the context in which Shelley is writing the book At a time where imperialism of various empires such as the United States France Germany and Britain and the acquiring of new countries or continents in which they could add to their respective commonwealths a high priority With the ambition or concept of immediate fame through the discovery of unknown knowledge throughout intellects in the 19th Century also a common pursuit Therefore Shelley reflects these common values well through the two respective pursuits created in the novel Due to the fact that Shelley wrote Frankenstein in the Romantic Era the novel is obviously going
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