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Frankenstein; or the modern prometheus longform

            Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, and died on Feb.
             She wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by the time she was 19. The .
             book was first published in 1818. She was the daughter of two great intellectual rebels of .
             the 1790's and her mother wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. After .
             miscarrying a baby, she had dreams, one of which became chapter 4 of Frankenstein.
             Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a gothic science-fiction novel told .
             through the letters of Robert Walton, who, in his letters, quotes Victor Frankenstein's .
             first-person narrative at length; Victor, in turn, quotes the monster's first-person .
             narrative; in addition, the lesser characters Elizabeth Lavenza and Alphonse Frankenstein .
             narrate parts of the story through their letters to Victor.
             Because there are so many narrators, the point of view shifts with each change of .
             narrator. From Walton to Victor Frankenstein to Frankenstein's monster. Then back to .
             Walton, with a few digressions from Elizabeth Lavenza and Alphonse Frankenstein in the .
             form of letters.
             There are three main characters in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
             Victor Frankenstein is a young, innocent dreamer fascinated by science, but, over the .
             course of the novel, he changes into a disillusioned, guilt-ridden man determined to .
             destroy the fruits of his arrogant scientific endeavor. Frankenstein's Monster has been .
             abandoned by his creator and is shunned by society, creating a very bitter, murderous .
             monster. There is also a softer side to this monster as he is very eloquent and gracious to .
             those who do not shun him, in fact, he saves a young girl from drowning, but once again, .
             no thanks is given to him, he is merely shunned again, cursed and told to go away.
             Robert Walton is a ship captain with an unnatural obsession with reaching the North .
             Pole. He starts a meaningful, deep, loving friendship with Victor, but Victor suddenly .

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