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Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin

Mary Wollstonecraft

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Eighteenth century writer, philosopher, and women’s rights advocate

Born on April 27, 1759

Died September 10, 1797

Married to William Godwin

Mother of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein

She wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women, a book where she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men and that they only seem that way due to a lack in education.

Considered to be the first ever feminist

A lot of her feminist views came from her abusive and alcoholic father.

She died in a complicated childbirth of Mary Shelley

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves” -Mary Wollstonecraft

  William Godwin 

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Born March 3, 1756

Died April 7, 1836

English journalist, political philosopher, and novelist

Husband of Mary Wollstonecraft

Father of Mary Shelley

Godwin is most famous for two books:

An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions.

Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, an attack on aristocratic privilege.

First man to write a mystery/thriller novel

Relationship to Frankenstein

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Both parents had a noticeable impact on the writing of Frankenstein.

Both parents were writers who’s works influenced Mary Shelley.

William Godwin tutored Mary Shelley and taught her the ways of his intellectual mind.

Both parents wanted to offer some valuable lessons to Mary, so they did so in their actions when raising her.

Even before Mary was born they put forth actions to better her life.

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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Frankenstein

 

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Naturalism

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“If you don’t believe in anything supernatural – gods, ghosts, immaterial souls and spirits – then you subscribe to naturalism.”

There is a single, natural world or universe, in which we are completely included.”

Science is the basis for naturalism.”

Naturalism gives us self-control and leads to self-acceptance.”

“Naturalism can help improve interpersonal relationships.”

Naturalism entails a profound shift in our self-understanding, which in turn has deep implications for both the person and society.”

Intro to Naturalism

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Naturalism is “the philosophical belief that everything arises from natural properties and causes. Supernatural or spiritual explanations are not included.”

  1. Naturalism was a literary movement from the 1880s to 1930s that used realism to suggest that social conditions, heredity, and environment had great force in shaping human character.
    Naturalistic Literature strives to depict the world in an honest, straightforward way.
 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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The Hottest Hell

It was worth half-cent to kill a nigger, no matter how innocent.
It was the entrance to hell, filled with heart-rending shrieks, anxiety, bloody scenes, suffrage, misery, and brutality. The hatred, dehumanizing, foul embrace and breakage. Helpless children could starve and die. Blood and brains stained the gates. High hopes of future happiness, only to be beaten down. It can break any mind, body, and soul. It succeeded in breaking some. Snatching innocent children from their family. Pleads, cries, begs, whipped. Warm, red blood dripping to the ground on which they slept. Under it’s influence, tender hearts become stone. Leaving them in the hottest hell is,
Slavery.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Douglass poem

 

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