women in Frankenstein are generally portrayed as pure and innocent. Although there are a few exceptions, such as Caroline Beaufort, a girl who works to support her impoverished father, women are generally seen as kind but powerless. For example, Elizabeth stands up for Justine’s innocence, but cannot prevent her own execution. For both Victor and the monster, women are the ultimate companion, providing comfort and acceptance. For Victor, Elizabeth is the absolute joy that can take his mind off of his guilty conscience.
David Nov/01/15 Frankenstein In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, women are shown as passive, disposable, and mainly serve to effect men’s lives. Female characters, such as Elizabeth, Justine and Agatha do not have their own roles, but are there to clearly represent the male characters in the novel. Female characters revolve around men and effects men from the events that they go through. Every woman character in the novel serves a specific purpose in the Frankenstein.
In the award winning article, “Passages in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein: Towards a Feminist Figure of Humanity?” Cynthia Pon addresses masculinity and feminism in terms of conventions, ideals, and practices (Pon, 33). She focused on whether Mary Shelly's work as a writer opened the way to a feminist figure of humanity like Donna Haraway argued. The article has a pre-notion that the audience has read Frankenstein and Haraway's article. Pon has a slight bias, due to her passion as a feminist writer.
James Whale’s Frankenstein portrays the eponymous doctor (named Henry in this adaptation) as being sexually indefinite, for lack of a better word. His is a grey and complex sexuality, brimming with hints and nuances, but difficult to pin down exactly. Strong arguments could be made that he is heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or even asexual; but speaking solely of the movie’s depiction, it’s likely that he lies somewhere within the spectrum of bisexuality. Henry’s heterosexual tendencies are most obviously exhibited in his relationship with Elizabeth, his fiancée.
The monstrosity of human nature is implied by Mary Shelley throughout the whole novel, which inspires us to think deeply about the meaning of ugliness, both external and internal. One major theme that pertains to the development of a being’s behavior and its relation to monstrosity is nature versus nurture. The two main characters of the novel, Victor Frankenstein and the creature, have an inborn nature that regulates their physical and behavioral traits; however, Frankenstein’s and the monster’s nurturing styles are completely different. How do nature and nurture affect their characters? Was it nature or nurture that made them monster vicious and ruthless and Victor greedy and selfish?
What to Take Away from Monster In today’s society, the word masculinity is not easily defined. It is a socially constructed word that stereotypes the male sex, by painting an image that every man has to be big and strong, fearless and show no emotion. In the book, Monster written by Walter Dean Myers, the main theme is that men showing emotion should not be a sign of weakness, and it has nothing to do with being a man. This is all proven with three key examples in the book which include: emotion, reputation and violence.
As per usual, advancements in a story are made through various literary elements, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein is of no exception. Though what sets this authors use of these elements apart is the effectiveness in which they are presented in what can be considered a prologue of sorts, the letters. As a foreshadowing to what may occur between characters of differing sexes, gender roles are established. For the development of the a main character, Robert Walton, season (a key factor in character development as discussed in the literary work To Read Like A Professor) is described in thorough detail by non other than Walton himself, as he also goes on to discuss his opinion on it. Gender roles remain an important developmental tool
In the novel Frankenstein, the parent conflict that I mostly seen throughout is between Victor Frankenstein and his creation, whom is the monster. The conflict that Victor create is the abandonment on the monster after he realizes what he has created. Victor leaves for the mountains and the monster stays behind in Geneva feeling lonely, as the society hates him. The relationship between Victor and his monster is replayed by Alphonse Frankenstein, an abandoning father, and Victor.
Throughout the novel, Frankenstein describes William as a beautiful child who "inspire[s] the tenderest affection" (chapter 1). On the contrary, Frankenstein describes the Creature as "hideous," and rejects it because of its ugliness (chapter IV). Elizabeth describes William in her letter as a "sweet laughing blue eye[d]" and have "curling hair" as well as who "already had one or two little wives" (chapter VI). The fact that William is described in the same paragraph, as beautiful and has two wives suggest that because of his beauty he has companions. The Creature seeks a female companion but, because of his ugliness, he could achieve.
According to the novel, is beauty important? In Frankenstein, I think that the important of this novel is not only a friendship but also beauty important to the soul of the characters. Every character including monster prefer beauty to ugliness. As the monster that looks ugly when he saw himself the first time he was afraid of himself.
Dichotomy is a very important characteristic in literature. Dichotomy is able to emphasize the contrast and add many deep layers to a story. In Emily Brontë’s Gothic Novel Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff’s embodies many contrasting philosophical components. Heathcliff personifies the role of a savage and a cultured gentleman. Heathcliff is also able to play the role of the victim and victimizer.
“...-rather let me say such the words of fate, enounced to destroy me” (Shelley 27). Mary Shelley explored many themes throughout the book. Such as technology and science, love and hate, and light and dark. The one theme that I found significant as I read the book is, the duality of Victor’s personal choice but the effects of fate it will have on him and the people around him. People believe that they have the free will to do as they wish, but their fate is the outcome of their free will.