Frankenstein: A Gay Love Story

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Frankenstein: A Gay Love Story Frankenstein is a gay love story disguised as a horror story. Percy Shelley wrote the first three chapters including the epistolary letters, and the tenor of the story and its characters can be directly compared to his life history. Though Percy never admitted to being gay, there is ample evidence that he was treated as different, and bullied mercilessly at school. Evidence also exists that many of his peers, and his circle of friends were gay. The women that touched their lives were used as beards to hide their homosexuality, which in early nineteenth century England was a ‘crime’ punishable by death, (Freeman). This essay will establish that Percy Shelley wrote the letters and first three chapters of the novel, and argue that since he did, the stories and the characters were: based on his earlier works, his and his friends’ life histories, and that the underlying social commentary of; man’s inhumanity to man, prejudice, and cultural intolerance the creature endured, was a metaphor that hid the true purpose of the novel—an exegesis process to elucidate the frailties of man: that he will always hate, fear, and despise cultural and physiological differences in others, and that when those different ones try to effect sociological change, in this case by playing God, they are doomed to ruin. That Percy wrote the letters and first three chapters is confirmed, albeit somewhat ambiguously—“From this declaration I must except the preface. As far as I can recollect, it was entirely written by him.”, (Shelley, Introduction), by Mary Shelley herself in the novel’s introduction of the 1831 ‘revised’ version in which she states the line starting chapter four, “It was on a dreary night of November,” (Shelley, Introduction), began her contribution to the novel. She does admit that in the beginning of their marriage Percy, “…was from the
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