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Mary: A Fiction

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By: (1759-1797)

Mary: A Fiction by Mary Wollstonecraft is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that delves into the struggles and hopes of its titular character. The author skillfully weaves together themes of love, independence, and the search for personal fulfillment in a male-dominated society.

Mary is a complex and multifaceted character who defies societal norms and expectations, choosing to carve out her own path despite the obstacles in her way. Wollstonecraft's writing is lyrical and evocative, drawing the reader into Mary's world and allowing us to experience her joys and sorrows alongside her.

The novel addresses important issues such as the limitations placed on women in the 18th century, the power dynamics within relationships, and the quest for personal identity and autonomy. Wollstonecraft's exploration of these themes is both compelling and thought-provoking, challenging readers to reflect on their own beliefs and values.

Overall, Mary: A Fiction is a timeless and poignant work of literature that continues to resonate with readers today. It is a testament to the enduring power of Wollstonecraft's writing and her commitment to advocating for the rights and agency of women.

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Eliza, Mary's mother, is obsessed with novels, rarely considers anyone but herself, and favours Mary's brother. She neglects her daughter, who educates herself using only books and the natural world. Ignored by her family, Mary devotes much of her time to charity. When her brother suddenly dies, leaving Mary heir to the family's fortune, her mother finally takes an interest in her; she is taught "accomplishments", such as dancing, that will attract suitors. However, Mary's mother soon sickens and requests on her deathbed that Mary wed Charles, a wealthy man she has never met. Stunned and unable to refuse, Mary agrees. Immediately after the ceremony, Charles departs for the Continent.

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