The Concept Of Feminism In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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When reading Frankenstein people would not typically finish it and say this text has a good sense of feminism that comes along with it. Feminism in Frankenstein is very hard to distinguish, the reader just has to look in the right places. The audience has to really pay attention to the underlying concept that the female gender is important to the overall text of the story. Most people would argue that there really is not an underlying concept of feminism, but the book in itself is a statement of feminism. Even though the book says for Mary from Percy the fact that A women wrote a book back then and it was enjoyed widely and still is today is a shout out to feminism. Back then people did not really believe that women had what it takes to…show more content…
Women were seen as property to whoever the male head of their family was. All of the women were inclined to do their duties weather as a mother, daughter, or wife. Shelley did a great job at conveying these gender roles throughout Frankenstein. Wether talking about Caroline Beaufort or Elizabeth Lavenza the readers can clearly see that women were expected to be mild mannered, maternal, and a pleasure to be around, as well as do what their husbands expected of them. Shelley took each and every single women mentioned throughout this text to express that these women were what made the novel stand. In the story Caroline is described as being there to take care of her sick father. Portraying her as a gentle and selfless women, because she puts the needs of her father before her own. As she does when Elizabeth falls ill therefore causing herself to fall sick. When Elizabeth is brought into the picture she is already thrust into the roll of future wife to Victor as his possession because Caroline states in the novel that “I have a pretty present for my Victor tomorrow he shall have it” (pg 320). When caroline describes Elizabeth as a present that is the moment Elizabeth becomes just a possession for

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