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I read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this week.  This timeless tale ( Frankenstein or  The Modern Prometheus) was first published in 1818 in England.

Identifying the themes in our personal lives and gaining an understanding of the archetypes in ourselves make for powerful stories.  Summon the muse and you have a compelling novel or memoir.   What are the themes & archetypes in Mary Shelley‘s novel?

If you know what one theme or one archetype is in Frankenstein, show-off  your knowledge by adding your comment.  Then click on the [submit comment] button.


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3 Responses to “Themes & Archetypes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”

  • I love Mary Shelley’s story. She was married to Percy B. Shelley. They and their friends Lord Byron and John Keats spent a long winter in a house in Greece, living, fighting, loving. They enjoyed a competition to see who could tell the scariest tale. Frankenstein was Mary Shelley’s contribution. She must have “won,” because who now knows what the others contributed? She also wrote extensively about the rights of women.
    What I believe is the theme, what it means to me is that we are all Frankestein’s monsters, all of us are here because of the creative machinations of others. It is not the clear choice from the outset of any of us. There is cruelty in the life and death of us all. Within the confines of her very moving story her monster wants only to please; he meets with rejection beyond his understanding in all of his thwarted attempts to connect with what he puzzles must be his fellow humans. He lives and dies in the agony of perpetual isolation from all, utter loneliness.

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