Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' The Modern Prometheus ' Essay

1464 Words Oct 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Modern Feminism has many various strands of thinking as different people strive to explain the world around them. 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). Literature reflects the ideas of the author therefore, by interpreting Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley with the literary theory of Feminism, the reader can understand the role of women in literature, and how society views them. The first leap into Modern Feminism started, according to Castle, with Mary Wollstonecraft; Castle writes about her work saying it “criticizes stereotypes of women as emotional and instinctive” (94). Susan Gilbert and Susan Gubar comment on the characters women must take in literature, offering the roles of angel, witch, and less common ghost. These roles are prominent in all literature. 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 follow these positions as they represent the culture in which Shelley writes. She follows literature’s cultural norms.
The first role of angel is “a girl whose unselfish grace, gentleness, simplicity,…

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