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Mary, Shelley

Frankenstein (1818)

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Novel tells the story of a self-made monster. This is not merely the conflict of man and his creation, but also a questioning of God and his responsibility toward his creation.

Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the expansion of modern man in the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is often considered the first fully realized science fiction novel due to its pointed, if gruesome, focus on playing God by creating life from dead flesh.


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