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In Mary Shelleys gothic novel Frankenstein horror is conveyed using a variety of techniques She was very well read and a lot of the stories and books that she loved are reflected in her writing Her mother Mary Wollstonecroft was a writer and early feminist thinker She died shortly after her daughters birth Her father was William Godwin a political theorist novelist and essayist He avidly encouraged his daughters efforts as a young writer by introducing her to eminent intellectuals of the time and offering her free access to his extensive library Consequently she grew up into a cultural and well read young woman Aged 15 she met the young recently married poet Percy Shelley and fell in love with him She eloped with him in 1814 when she was 17 and had his first child in 1815- it died however within 12 days Whilst the couple were staying with Lord Byron another distinguished poet and author of the time in his villa in Sweden the host set a challenge to his guests to write a horror story It is said that Frankenstein was written in response to this challenge- inspired by a nightmare that she had and written by the idyllic shores of Lake Geneva She married Percy in 1816 after his wife drowned herself and she had his second child- it died at the age of 3 Her novel Frankenstein was published in 1818 and after her husbands death she lived by her own writing Many of the circumstances she experienced whilst writing Frankenstein are apparent if even indirectly in her novel For instance the tundra and mountains of where she was become the setting for some parts of her novel She uses the cold impenetrable harshness of the landscapes to mirror the brutal merciless extremes that the monster is driven to Another influence that is more subtly evident in this novel is the idea of suicide Between the time when she began
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