What is the difference between revolution and reform?
How, according to Smith, is Wollstonecraft's argument in
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
How, according to Smith, does Wollstonecraft's life contradict her feminist arguments?
In what ways was Mary Shelley's life with Percy "checkered" (10)?
Explain: "Alternation between fear of vengeful revolution and sympathy for the suffering poor was characteristic of Mary Shelley's culture" (14).
Explain: "A society and not its outcasts creates revolutionary violence" (16).
Why did Mary Shelley have reservations about writing an Introduction to
? Why did she decide to do it?
Explain: "My husband . . . was, from the first, very anxious that I should prove myself worthy of my parentage, and enrol myself on the page of fame" (21).
Explain: "Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos" (23).
According to the Preface, what is the author's chief concern in writing
Other Discussion Questions:
What is so special about the years 1789 and 1832?
What does it mean to say that "women and workers were equally disadvantaged under the current political order" (5)?
Why were booksellers prosecuted for selling Paine's
Rights of Man
How, according to Smith, is Godwin's
How, according to Smith, would Percy's encouragement be a burden to Mary?
Explain: " The contradictions in Mary Shelley's views, then, are best approached as symptomatic of England's uneven industrial development and its political consequences" (13).
What exactly did the Reform Bill of 1832 accomplish?
To what extent, according to Smith, can the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and his creature be viewed in terms of the Reform Bill debate?