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Mary Shelley Talk led by Dr. Melissa Edmundson Makala.

This FREE event is a discussion not an in-character performance.

Event Types: Theatre , Literary Arts

Apr 18, 2023 7:00 PMApr 18, 2023 8:30 PM

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Greenville Chautauqua


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Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel Frankenstein, poses the question: What if someone discovered the secret to creating life? It then explores the ramification of such a discovery: Are we capable of managing our technological creations? Furthermore, what responsibility (if any) do we hold in caring for abandoned or wronged members of society? Mary Shelley raises these questions from a context of living much of her life as an outsider – learning early on that her mother challenged societal norms and that she died as a result of Mary’s birth; at odds with a stepmother who brought two children of her own into the marriage with her father; rejected by her father upon her elopement with Percy Bysshe Shelley; shunned for life by her husband’s family; betrayed by a close friend. In fact, the big reveal in learning about Mary Shelley is to discover how much the story of the fantastical, wretched, hideous creature brought to life in a Swiss laboratory draws on or parallels Mary’s experience in England as an intelligent daughter of two notable middle-class authors and consort/wife of an aristocrat poet.

Hughes Main Library

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