Merry Shelley was just a teenager in 1816 when she wrote one of the most enduring monster classics of all time, Frankenstein. What most people don’t know is that the classic horror story is actually a reflection of Mary’s reality. Two years before the creation of Frankenstein, Mary lost her first child. It comes to no surprise that Mary was hoping there could be a way to bring her dead child back to life.
What Mary dreams up was way ahead of her time, especially in the world of science and medicine. Her dream to bring back her dead child is evident in her creation of Frankenstein, which would go on to become one of the world’s most visionary works of literature.
One of the themes that I found interesting in Frankenstein is the danger of Knowledge, as Victor attempts to surge beyond accepted human limits and access the secret of life. This theme is relevant today, as humans go beyond to the destruction of the environment.