A Comparison of the Portrayal of Females in Othello and Frankenstein

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Topic: Compare the portrayal of females in Othello and Frankenstein. To what degree are female characters in each work dominated or oppressed by a patriarchal society? How prominent roles have they in each work? A Comparison of the portrayal of females in Othello and Frankenstein The female characters play dominant roles in both Othello and Frankenstein. Though, when actually examined, the females portrayed in both literary works do show signs of bravery and rebellious spirit, which represents the actual mind of authors, they are still oppressed by the patriarchal society to a large extent. In Frankenstein, superficially, most female characters are portrayed as “heaven-sent” angels (Shelley, 34). The soul of them is like “a shrine-dedicated lamp” and they are “the living spirits of love to soften and attract” (38), which are fully consistent with the image of women in people’s minds in mainstream society in the 19th century (Sunstein, 4). Nonetheless, the weaknesses of them, which are used by the author to criticize the unfairness of the society, cannot be neglected. The two main female characters in Frankenstein: Caroline and Elizabeth are carefully analyzed in this essay, and from Frankenstein’s narration of them, we can see the author’s deep thinking and criticism about the unfairness of society. First of all, Caroline, the mother of Frankenstein, is described as the kindest person in the world and a living angel. When she is young, she takes the responsibility of taking care of her father. When describing his grandfather’s illness, Frankenstein says, “His daughter attended him with greatest tenderness…she plaited straw and by various means contrived to earn a pittance scarcely sufficient to support life” (Shelley, 32). Also, “-remembering what she had suffered…for her to act in her turn the guardian angel to the afflicted”, he says (Shelley, 34). Thus,
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