“Even broken in spirit as he is, no one can feel more deeply than he does the beauties of nature. The starry sky, the sea, and every sight afforded by these wonderful regions, seems still to have the power of elevating his soul from earth. Such a man has a double existence: he may suffer misery, and be overwhelmed by disappointments; yet, when he has retired into himself, he will be like a celestial spirit that has a halo around him, within whose circle no grief or folly ventures.”
-Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Mary Shelley herself lived a deeply tragic life, which many people feel led to the very bitter and brutal writing of Frankenstein. Her mother died when she was very young. Her husband drowned in a shipwreck and only 1 of her 4 children survived into adulthood. Although the death of her children and husband hadn’t occurred yet at the time she was writing the novel, I think knowing the tragedy she went through herself gives real depth and meaning to her words.