Authors

Jenna E. Fleming '16, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2016

Department

English

Abstract

The early nineteenth century was characterized by a dynamic literary discussion and debate over the nature and effects of human relationships. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, two of the foremost writers of the period, experimented with and drew conclusions about differing images of marriage within their works. Making use of this public literary genre, the couple engaged in a conversation with one another as they explored and refined their views and judgments of relationships including their own. The title of the paper is taken from the seventh chapter of the third volume of Frankenstein, in which Victor Frankenstein, devastated by the loss of his family members and friends and close to death himself, admits to Robert Walton that he has lost a sense of purpose in life.

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