The Importance Of Modern Feminism In Frankenstein

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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” …show more content…
The angel is the damsel in distress who is perfectly helpless, waiting on her prince to come. This role is what women should aspire to be one day: flawless. This woman is in many texts, including Frankenstein; in this novel, she is the most developed female character: Elizabeth Lavenza, Victor Frankenstein’s cousin and fiancée. Her first introduction as a young woman expresses to the readers that she is the angel. Her eyes are described as “expressive of mildness” (Shelley 51), “her figure slight and graceful” (Shelley 51). Elizabeth is beautiful as the angel should be, but she is also concerned for others. Immediately after she arrives in the room, she cries out lamentations over Justine. Elizabeth exclaims, “I rely on her innocence as certainly as I do upon my own” (Shelly 51). She is unselfishly concerned about Justine’s well-being, while also highlighting another important aspect of the angel: innocence. Moreover, after Frankenstein is freed from prison, he receives a letter from Elizabeth, and although she wishes to get married, she exclaims, “our marriage would render me eternally miserable, unless it were the dictate of your own free will” (Shelley 130). Elizabeth cares more about Frankenstein’s happiness than her own; her joy comes from his. When reading her letter, Frankenstein describes Elizabeth as “sweet and beloved” (Shelley 131). Her grace is without question as she perfectly fits into the role of

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