Gender Roles In Frankenstein Analysis

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The novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus published in 1818, written by Mary Shelley, a British female writer in the 19th century. Frankenstein was one of the most famous works in the world, already been translated to more than one hundred languages since it published. Mary’s parents were very eminent during that time. Her father was William Godwin, a radical political philosopher, and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was one of the earliest feminists, who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Mary 's parents adhered to revolutionary principles both in politics and in their private lives, but in spite of despising the institution of marriage they took the step after all to facilitate Mary 's entrance into society. However, Mary …show more content…
Only small details here and there in the story to lower their important and Mary also uses those female characters as a tool of communication to reflect the male characters in the story. According to Johanna M. Smith, “women function not in their own right but rather as signals of and conduits for men’s relations with other men” (Smith 283). In the novel, Mary uses Walton’s sister to show the friendship between Walton and Victor Frankenstein through their mail, which is a way of showing that the Walton’s sister played a role of making connection between the male …show more content…
The difference between the roles that male and female played was obvious. Mary not only gives the male characters voice for telling stories, they also have advantages like explore and traveling around the world with intelligent knowledge. For example, Capitan Robert Walton is on his voyage to the North Pole, and Victor Frankenstein, who is well educated and intelligent. “…Virtuous male characters were allowed to be of many temperaments, choleric or sanguine, gay or grave, overbearing or submissive – but all women are to be leveled, by meekness and docility, into one character of yielding softness and gentle compliance” in Wollstonecraft’s critique was a good evidence indicated the contrast between the

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