SAFIE: - Safie plays an important role. She reflects the stark contrast between the acceptance she is shown by the De Lacey family and the monster's rejection by them. - Safie provides a poignant contrast with the monster's outcast state. A beautiful and suffering stranger, exiled from a foreign land, Safie is greeted with all the tenderness and warmth that the monster craves. Safie is embraced by the De Lacey family with an immediacy and completeness that the monster can only dream about. - She demonstrates that so often how we treat strangers is not based on who they are or what they deserve but on how we perceive them. Safie's frail beauty buys her way into the De Laceys' hearts. - Both the creature and Safie are in exile, yet the beauty and gender of the latter provides her safe passage into the arms of the DeLacey family. - Both creature and safie seek comfort, companionship, both have benevolent intentions, but the creature’s aesthetic is what hinders his ability to acquire it Symbolises or represents:
26 SYMBOLISES EXPLANATION COMPARISON OF SAFIE SIMILARITIES: - Both are foreign; Safie (Wisdom) is Felix’s ‘sweet Arabian’, while the creature is ‘a wretched creature’ - just as Safie is ‘unacquainted with the language of the country and utterly ignorant of the customs of the world’, the creature is equally alone in the world after Frankenstein’s rejection. Creature is nameless. - Gives creature hope that he may be accepted into the De Laceys, as he hopes that this compassion may be extended to him - ‘ The mild exhortation of the old man, and the lively conversation of Felix were not for me.’ - As such, both are not fluent in English, and learn from Volney’s Ruins of Empires to ‘(improve) rapidly in the knowledge of language’. - Share the same ardent desire to learn; just as the creature wishes to acquire man’s knowledge, Safie’s mother ‘taught her to aspire to higher powers of intellect’. - Share the same empathetic nature; the creature ‘(weeps) with Safie over the hapless fate of the original in habitants’ of America. - Just as ‘the father of Safie had been the cause of their ruin’, the father of the creature, Frankenstein, is responsible for their respective ruins. DIFFERENCES: - While the creature is described by Frankenstein as a ‘demoniacal corpse’ - ‘ a thing even Dante could not have conceived’, Safie is physically beautiful - ‘a countenance of angelic beauty and expression’. This shows the privilege of beauty. - Due to this difference in appearance, although they both wish to learn the English language, Safie is guided by the De Laceys while the creature is com`pletely alone in his literary undertaking. - Whilst the ‘arrival of the Arabian now infused new life into (Felix’s) soul’, the arrival of the creature anywhere results in him being perceived by society as ‘a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned’. MARGARET - Sister of Robert Walton and the recipient of the letters that constitute the novel. Although her brother's confidante, she disapproves of his expedition (the first sentence of the novel, Letter 1).
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