Mary Wollstonecraft

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Mary Wollstonecraft

  1. 1. Mary Wollstonecraft 1759-1797
  2. 2. Brief Biography <ul><li>described as  a &quot;hyena in petticoats&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Self-taught </li></ul><ul><li>Led a troubled life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Father was a bully </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Left home at 19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helped sister escape an abusive husband </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suicidal at times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Had jobs as governess, translator, literary advisor, article writer </li></ul><ul><li>an iconoclast and a radical </li></ul><ul><li>argued her whole life for the liberation and education of women. </li></ul><ul><li>observed the Revolution first-hand </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote Vindication of the Rights of Man in rebuttal to Burke </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually married her long time friend, radical William Godwin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lost some credibility with radical friends </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein </li></ul><ul><li>died in childbirth </li></ul>
  3. 3. Concerning the Revolution <ul><li>A true “child of the Revolution” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>saw a new “age of reason” and benevolence coming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>desired to bridge the gap between: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>humanity’s present circumstance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ultimate idealized state of perfection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>She was a parishioner of minister Richard Price, who started the whole debate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He praised the French Revolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British people also had the right to overthrow a bad king </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Was personally mad at Burke </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She saw him as two-faced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Burke defended the American Revolution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>She admired him at that time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attacked Price when he supported the French Revolution </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Literary Traits and Significance <ul><li>Her ideas concerning the rights of women were truly revolutionary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first real feminist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desired to help women not only for their own sake, but also for the sake of their children and husbands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>elevated to the rank of modern heroine in the 1970s </li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;lived out&quot; her own theories. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practiced what she preached </li></ul></ul>

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