The Role Of Women In Frankenstein By Mary Shelley

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Mary Wollstonecraft or as many of us know her as Mary Shelley was born on August 30th 1797 in London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and political writer William Godwin and gained feminist Marry Wollstonecraft, Shelly never knew her mother due to the fact that she died shortly after her birth, and she was raised by her father. In 1816 Shelley married Percy Bysshe then two years later published the novel Frankenstein. At first the novel was published under her husband’s name because at the time women didn’t write books especially books as good as Frankenstein. During this time I considered the women as “slaves” to their husbands and waited hand in hand to them. Their traits usually included cooking, cleaning, and raising or bearing …show more content…
The female characters on the other hand are quiet, taken care of and really don’t have a voice for themselves, which was the ideal lady of the time period. Each of the women in the novel serve a specific and important role in Frankenstein. First we will look at Justine’s character, she is very passive and seldom and is passed back and forth between the Frankenstein family. In chapter 7 Justine is accused for the murder of William Frankenstein, and instead of denying it she remains calm and tranquil and in her own words she explains “God knows how entirely I am innocent. But I do not pretend that my protestations should acquit me; I rest my innocence on a plain and simple explanations of the facts.” (Shelley 65)
Her speech demonstrate passivity even though she knows she I clearly innocent and didn’t commit the crime and remains tranquil and at peace with the victim. Not many people see how much courage that really does
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However, they seem to serve a greater purpose within the context of the novel. When Victor loses the women most important to him, his obsession with revenge and ridding himself of the monster’s burdens grows, and the monster uses the women in Victor’s life to add to the tragedy of his situation. This still doesn’t answer why Shelley decided to make the female characters in this way, but one could argue that their position in the novel emphasize the specific function which they served to men during Shelley’s time, as they serve a greater purpose to the plot and character development of Victor, the monster, and Walton than they do as profound characters in their own

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