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Mary: A Fiction (version 2)

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Mary: A Fiction (version 2) by Mary Wollstonecraft is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that explores the struggles and societal constraints faced by women in the late 18th century. The protagonist, Mary, is a strong and independent woman who defies societal expectations and follows her own path, regardless of the consequences.

Wollstonecraft's writing is vivid and emotive, drawing the reader into Mary's world and making them feel her triumphs and tribulations. The novel delves into themes of gender inequality, the limitations placed on women, and the importance of independence and self-expression.

While the novel can be difficult to read at times due to its exploration of dark and heavy subject matter, it ultimately leaves the reader with a sense of empowerment and hope. Mary's journey is an inspiring one, and her resilience and determination are sure to resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

Overall, Mary: A Fiction (version 2) is a beautifully written and poignant novel that sheds light on the struggles faced by women in the 18th century. It is a must-read for anyone interested in feminist literature or historical fiction.

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Mary: A Fiction, published in 1788, is a tragic story that decries marriages not based on love. It can be considered an example of feminist fiction.

Mary's parents are in a loveless marriage. As the second-born, female child, she is neglected; her education is self-directed from books, nature, and her own inclinations. Her inclinations, however, are towards genius and religion. Mary becomes the heiress of her parents' fortune when her brother dies. To keep the family property together due to litigation, her parents marry her to a boy she has never met. After the ceremony, he goes to the Continent, and Mary devotes herself to her weak, sickly friend, Ann.

She is disgusted with the thought of living with her husband - a weak, shallow man. Strong love for Ann, love for a "better" man, religion, and benevolence support Mary through a life on the run from conventional duty.

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