Gender Role In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Gender playes a very crucial role in Frankenstein. Gender is one of the most important and influensial themes in Mary Shellys text. Marys mother was an 18th century femenist and her writings molded Mary and her stabs in gender roles and themes. Gender has the ablity to influence an entire novel. with the help of her mother's teachings, with gender being a prominent role, so do the stereotypes and rolls that follow.
Mary Shellys mother, Mary Wolstonecraft, was an English writer and femenist in the late 18th century. She wrote, “ A Vindication of the rights of women” in 1792. These and other writings from Mrs.Wolstonecraft, were the only things her daughter Mary could know about her mother. Due to her mother dying in child birth, Mary knew her through her many writings about equality with women. This molded Marys outlook on gender and carried qover into her novel.
Mary knew that women were seen as objects and as so, she saw fit to passivly showing that in Frankenstein. Directly in chapter one, Mary shows how womwn are treated as objects through the character Elizabeth. “Everyone loved Elizabeth. The passionate and almost
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probably. people instead mistake the monster for an ugly woman instead of this horrifying disgusting act of science. maybe she was still would have been 8 feet tall and had all the same features but feminized. still obtaining the lustrous black hair, but sunken watery eyes. Mary Shelley could have voice to her opinions on female equality strongly if she made with her create a woman instead of a man. but the story would have gone by faster because of the lack of fear that Victor and the public would have towards the monster. because people back then did not fear women, because they were objects. It would be like fearing a lamp, like women lamps are beautiful and bring only joy.¨The saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a shrine dedicated lamp in our peaceful

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