separating mary shelley
Inspired by this wind of promise my daydreams become more fervent and vivid (Shelley 1). Mary Shelley, a great poet of her time, left many legacies and inspired writers all across the nation. From childhood to adulthood, she overcame obstacles in life. Her inspiring life can only begin to be described in words, and her works live on today. Mary Shelleys elaborate life, little known fictions, and horrific monsters have nationally been defined through the years.
In order to separate Mary Shelleys life, the tragedies she experienced must first be examined. Her first tragedy was the death of her mother (Patnaik 1). Complications arose during giving birth to Mary Shelley, and the mother died due to unavailable medical care during that time period (1). This left Mary always lacking a certain part of her life, without a mother figure.
This tragedy affected Mary Shelley in many ways (Patnaik 1). Along with the absence of her mother in life, Mary Shelleys father, William Godwin, went on to write Memoirs of the Rights of Women (1). In this book he proceeded to describe many particular parts of Mary Wollstonecraftss existence in strict detail (1). He included such aspects as her previous relations with an American and the daughter she had with him, and her various attempts to kill herself (1). This affected Shelley greatly mentally and personally. But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother blessed me with smiles and caresses (Shelley 106).
There were also various other family deaths. Fanny Imlay, Mary Shelleys half sister, committed suicide a short while after Mary and Percy were married (Patnaik 1). Percys wife also committed suicide by drowning herself (1).
Through these deaths, Mary Shelley reanimated her tragedies in her writings (AuthorWorks 52). She told an epic story of her life, and used herself as a main character. Through the loneliness she felt, Mary reached out to the world and brought herself into the hearts of the nation (Denise 1).
Her relationship with Percy Shelley also defined a plethora of Mary Shelleys life. She heightened her previous infamous life by running off with Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1814 (Patnaik 1). Shelley was only seventeen years old at the time, and Percy was also currently married (1). He abandoned his wife who was pregnant at the time and his daughter to escape with Mary to live (1).
Before their marriage in 1816, Mary and Percy had two illeg...