Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein - Feminist Message And Warning Against The Exclusion Of Women

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Mary Shelley showed in Frankenstein an anticipated argument that promoted a feminist message and warning against the exclusion of women as well as the debate of what is ethical. Most certainly the Enlightenment period was a time of development within most aspects of life, varying from medicine, technology, to literature as well as developing oneself to become an individual with unique thoughts and comprehending reason without simply following authoritative figures.
The publication of Frankenstein exposed a novel that emerged views that the author personally believed, which expressed that the Enlightenment was dominated by masculine values. Frankenstein evoked what appeared to be the view that as men continued to venture into developing what they knew of life and challenging the ideas of the old world views from such philosophers as Galileo and Aristotle, they were also venturing into the depths of life that should not be questioned due to its unethical nature that questioned the existence of God and his creation: mankind.

Although academics and historians still remain unaware of Mary Shelley 's religious views most appear to believe she is an atheist due to her Father William Godwin having been an avowed atheist and her husband Percy Shelley whom was said to be expelled for his pamphlet, The Necessity of Atheism1. This remains arguable however due to the comparisons of Frankenstein to the Bible, creating the debate whether or not Shelley is making a mockery of religion…

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