Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein ' Essay

1848 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
Modern Feminism has various strands of thinking as different factions of criticism strive to explain the world. Gregory Castle says, “What all of these women have in common is an interest in exposing patriarchal forms of power as the cause of the unequal and subordinate status of women in Western societies” (96). In particular, Susan Gilbert and Susan Gubar comment on the characters women must assume in literature, offering the three roles of angel, witch, and, less common, ghost. These stereotypes offer flat characters that block the development of new female characters in writing. Specifically, Gilbert and Gubar state, “the images of ‘angel’ and ‘monster’ [witch] have been so ubiquitous throughout literature by men that they have also pervaded women’s writing to such an extent that few women have definitively ‘killed’ either figure” (812). Mary Shelley is no exception to this rule; the women in Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus (1818) follow these positions as they represent the culture in which Shelley writes, and the dangers of limiting women.
The first leap into Modern Feminism started, according to Castle, with Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley’s mother; he says her work “criticizes stereotypes of women as emotional and instinctive” (94). Why then does her daughter use stereotypes in her novel? A. James Wohlpart states, “At the center of Shelley 's critique is the way in which male creativity omits any feminine influence and thus creates a series of…

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