Some things to consider that will hopefully inspire...
“Dream that my little baby came to life again; that it had only been cold, and that we rubbed it before the fire and it lived…”- Mary Shelley (Journal entry March 19, 1815) Journal excerpt
“a man left to himself from birth would be more of a monster than the rest.” -Rousseau
“I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper. I have affection for it, for it was the offspring of happy days, when death and grief were but words, which found no true echo in my heart…I have changed no portion of the story, nor introduced any new ideas or circumstances…”
- Mary Shelley - Introduction to the 1831 edition.
“Frankenstein is one of the key Romantic “readings” of Paradise Lost…as a woman’s reading it is most especially the story of hell: hell as a dark parody of heaven, hell’s creations as monstrous imitations of heaven’s creations, and hellish femaleness as grotesque parody of heavenly maleness.” - Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar from Madwoman in the Attic
“What Mary Shelley did in Frankenstein was transform the standard Romantic matter of incest, infanticide, and patricide into a phantasmagoria of the nursery.” - Ellen Moers from “Female Gothic: The Monster’s Mother”
A collection of excerpts from various things I've read while conducting research on Frankenstein and Mary Shelley.