Creation of Life Without a Woman
Possible Reasons Why Shelley Makes Frankenstein a Hidden Autobiography
- Mary Shelley wants to create this novel as a way to cope with her infertility.
- Feeling down on herself, she creates male characters to emphasize and make her point that she feels less womanly for not being able to bring forth life.
- Shelley also makes a clear comparison to "Paradise Lost" by John Milton in this novel as well, once again creating emphasis that she feels as though she can find a place of belonging. Much like Satan is kicked out of heaven for not living up to God's standards, she too creates a monster in the novel that feels as though he is shunned away from society for being different, to the point where it's own creator wants nothing to do with him.
Throughout the years, Frankenstein has been considered a classic. Although it may have been inspired by Mary Shelley's inability to conceive, it has grown into one of the most recognized stories of all time. It has now fallen under the category of horror, which seems to fit the way Shelley may have felt about her situation. “the horror and retribution attached to the procreative act in the novel make plain the conflicted dimensions of her identification with her mother and with her being a mother. (The Motherless Child pg 49)