… of parenting, especially fatherhood, is of such overwhelming importance in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein that the first chapter literally begins by touching on this subject. Before getting into the essential developments of his narrative, Frankenstein gives a brief autobiography commencing with the circumstances of his family and his birth:
I am by birth a Genevese; and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic . . . …
… is associated with Marys own birth. Hence, again we see Marys own history, paternity, and biography are deeply wrapped up within the facts and events that the novel presents. Indeed, however, the influence of real-world events on the composition is famous, especially as it was inspired by Englands famous year without a summer in 1816. A volcanic eruption had caused the late frosts …
Patterson, Arthur Paul. What Sources Influenced Mary Shelley in Crafting HerStory?
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