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Amy Sexton 2/2/09 English 216 5. Following question four, do you read this as a “feminist” text? Why or why not? What are the boons and drawbacks to approaching the text in this way? If anything, Shelley’s Frankenstein , is devoid of ANY strong female characters. This text does not strike me as a ‘feminist’ text. Ironically, Shelley’s known feminist roots do not show up in her novel. Frankenstein lacks any potentially strong or wise female characters. The novel is littered with passive women who suffer calmly and then die at some expense of man. Caroline Beaufort is a self-sacrificing mother who dies taking care of her adopted daughter early on. Justine is executed for the murder of William, Victor’s younger brother, despite her innocence and closeness with Victor’s family. The ironical part of this is Victor’s awareness of Justine’s innocence, but his inability to stop her execution. Victor’s second creation, the female monster, is aborted because he fears being unable to control her actions once she is animated. Also, Victor gazes out the
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Unformatted text preview: window at the monster he has first created, who is glaring at him with an evil grin. Victor’s wife, Elizabeth, waited impatiently and helpless for Victor to return to her, and she is eventually murdered by the monster. This final murder is what sets Victor off to finally kill his own creation. One can argue that Shelley renders her female characters so passive and subjects them to such ill treatment in order to call attention to the obsessive and destructive behavior that Victor and the monster exhibit. Interestingly enough, when Victor kills his second creation, a mate for his first, the novel describes it as ‘abortion’. This act is associated with women and their own unborn children. I believe Shelley may be relating Victor to a woman in the sense that he creates the monsters, and eventually aborts the second one. Therefore, this novel can be looked at in the ‘feminist’ sense in relation to a woman’s body, and birth....
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