An analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is such a novel that could be seen and analysed from
different points of view. But I would be focussing on the social and individual responsibility it
point out and also the feminism point would be explained as to how they relate to the story.
One aspect that I noticed in Shelley’s Frankenstein is the aspect of the feminist
viewpoint. The novel lacks a strong significance of female characters even though it is written by
a woman. Most of the women in the novel died. The creature itself was born without a woman
and women are rather dead or used as something else in the novel. Caroline Beaufort marries
Alphose Frankenstein because of his money, due to the fact that their society makes it almost
impossible for a woman to make provisions for herself. Just like Victor says, “She presented
Elizabeth to me as her promised gift.” And “ Her whom I fondly prized before every other gift or
fortune” Frankenstein focused on himself and ignores his wife to his creature. He did not even
think of his wife when his monster declare, “I shall be with you on your wedding night “ He
actually ignores her while busy while busy with his monster or anything else and gives little or
no attention to her all through the novel.
The women of Frankenstein are portrayed as powerless. Victor does not trust Elizabeth
with the secret of his creation. He thinks that she will not believe it is possible for him to have
done such a thing. Women are also being presented as passive and then dies. Women like
Caroline Beaufort, Justine Moritz and Frankenstein’s aborted female “monster” and the one that
was going to mary Felix was sort of being passed around.
Alan Rauch also pointed out some feminism related points in his article “The monstrous body of
knowledge in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
Frankenstein's violent treatment of the female creature is both...