While reading Frankenstein many readers many approach the notion that the female’s roles and responsibilities were entirely different from men’s. One of many things I found interesting was how the roles and responsibilities of females impacted the lives of men as well. Females played a very important role even thought they were lastly to prosper. When looking for information on how female roles and responsibilities made a difference, I came across many very important articles, which show feminism, the domesticated roles of females, and how females were portrayed in Frankenstein.
In the making of Frankenstein, feminism played a big role in the female’s lives. Although created by a female author, female roles of Frankenstein can be seen as
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Female roles were very limited, which were the social beliefs at the time of the creation of Frankenstein. In the article it shows in order to make a delightful book like Frankenstein, both energies such as feminine and masculine must be present (Collings 67). For example: Elizabeth dies at the hand of the creature while waiting for Victor to come save her. Elizabeth is not able to do anything to protect herself without the help of a male. She eventually meets her death while waiting, for Victor to save her. Also, Justine is put to death for a murder that the monster committed. She is unable to defend herself and prove her innocence against her accusers and dies for it. Justine is a victim of circumstance, but her docile role leaves her helpless to make her own destiny and defend herself against the false claims. Victor’s “pride” leads him be quiet while everyone around him either gets hurts or dies, which shows readers, males were dominate in Frankenstein (Lunsford 176).
Shelley sought to “frighten her readers like she was frightened that night” the two friends approached her in her dreams as ghosts (Dickerson 82). Shelley hoped to make the woman’s role represent angels: attentive figures and heavenly yet spiritual being (Dickerson 80). The examples of how females were depicted in the novel show, Mary Shelley sought to classify the females as hopeless. In addition, she wanted the females to appear “selfless, ethereal, unscientific,