Mary Shelley was surrounded by powerful family members and they influenced her plentiful. Thus, it is important to briefly know the people who surrounded her in order to understand certain elements in Mary Shelley’s novels.
Her father, William Godwin was a popular journalist, political philosopher, and a novelist. His two most popular books are An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice that critiques political institutions and Things as They Are that criticizes the aristocracy.
Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft was a powerful feminist, English writer, and a philosopher. Her most popular novel is A Vindication of the Rights of women. In this novel, she argues that women are not inferior to men and fights for their rights. She also states that women lack education.
Her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley was a well-known poet, dramatist, essayist, and novelist. He has published many popular poems such as Queen Mab and Hellas: A lyrical Drama. Several publishers did not want to publish his poetry in fear of being arrested. Shelley mostly wrote about his strong political and social views.
In brief, Mary Shelley was surrounded by some of the greatest and most influential authors of the 18th century. Hence, when reading Shelley’s literary work, one may notice that certain aspects of her father’s, husband’s and mother’s strong political theories are being reflected.