We’ll preface this video about Frankenstein’s preface by saying that Mary Shelley is an awesome woman, and she wants everybody to be aware. Check out the video to find out more about what Mary Shelley wrote in Frankenstein's preface.
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Compassion and Forgiveness
Fate and Free Will
Language and Communication
Lies and Deceit
Life, Consciousness, and Existence
Why is there a preface in Frankenstein?
Whenever there's a preface, there's a reason for it.
The preface to Frankenstein
basically just outlines the motivations
behind writing Frankenstein,
talks a little about the whole,
"Oh, we were having a ghost story contest" and all that.
It is important to note that
it is possible that, again, Percy Shelley wrote it
and not Mary Shelley.
Whether he wrote it or she wrote it,
it kind of gave the opportunity to say,
"Hey, look at me! It's a woman writing!
I'm saying valuable things. Listen to me."
As opposed to just jumping right into the story.
Also, at this time, novels weren't
considered serious literature.
And so she's basically trying to say,
"Hey, listen. This is a serious book.
I'm talking about some serious issues here."
And as we'll see as we make our way through the course,
there are tons of serious issues.
So she kind of wanted to call out to that
and say, "Listen up. This isn't just some
silly 18-year-old girl writing a story.
This is a hard-hitting novel
and you need to listen to what I'm saying."
What is a preface?
What additional information does it provide in Frankenstein?