Mathilda by Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

Mathilda

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Narrating from her deathbed, Mathilda, a young woman barely in her twenties, writes her story as a way of explaining her actions to her friend, Woodville. Her narration follows her lonely upbringing and climaxes at a point when her unnamed father confesses his incestuous love for her. This is then followed by his suicide by drowning and her ultimate death; her relationship with the gifted young poet, Woodville, fails to reverse Matilda's emotional withdrawal or prevent her lonely death. The novella begins with readers becoming aware that this story is being narrated in the first person, by Mathilda, and that this narration is meant for a specific audience in answer to a question asked prior to the novella's beginning: "You have often asked me the cause of my solitary life; my tears; and above all of my impenetrable and unkind silence." Readers quickly learn that Mathilda is on her deathbed and this is the only reason she is exposing what seems to be a dark secret.

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 10/21/2017
Pages: 88
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.28lbs
Size: 9.02h x 5.98w x 0.18d
ISBN13: 9781979032698
ISBN10: 1979032696
BISAC Categories:
- Drama | General
- Literary Collections | General
- Biography & Autobiography | General

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