Allusions in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

There are a few significant allusions in Mary Shelly's
Frankenstein that help us to understand the historical setting and context of the text. Mary Shelly was a very well read woman. She ascribed to the philosophy of her father, William Godwin. He and Mary both felt that one should be reading several different books at the same time. This means that we as readers have to be carefully watching for allusions in Frankenstein and why they were included.

This presentation will help you with allusions to Plutarch's Lives, John Milton's Paradise Lost, and Goethe's The Sorrows of Wertner. Think about why Shelly would include allusions to these texts in Frankenstein.

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