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
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
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.