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Frankenstein: Feminism

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Jeanne Le

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of Frankenstein: Feminism

The Creature Female Characters Motherhood -Justine Jeanne Le, Andy Ly, Claudia Guiterrez, Makayla Foster Mary Shelley August 30th 1797-1851 Born: her mother ("the first feminist") died while giving birth to Mary Background: Death of 2 children husband died, and left her as a single mother and a widow was able to have one child Feminism Ellen Moers discusses in her book, Literary Women the "birth myth" and the "revulsion against newborn life, and the drama of guilt, dread...surrounding birth..." -Elizabeth -Margaret Saville -Caroline Beaufort Frankenstein: Feminism "I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on" (Shelley 210). -Safie: "Fortunately the books were written in the language...I had acquired at the cottage...now continually studied and exercised my mind..."
(122). The voice of Mary Shelley "...symbolic presentation of the monster, enables Shelley to express and efface herself at the same time...to satisfy her conflicting desires for self assertion and social acceptance" (Poovey). "When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, , a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned" (115). "... then a woman must lose her identity in order to make self-expression possible" (Hodges). -Agatha Female Creature Frankenstein's destruction Chris Thorn reviews in his article "Female Representation in Frankenstein," the natural empowerment of women and the realization of Frankenstein as he realizes "the she-monster may prove to be more malignant than her mate." -Women is some ways "play God" with pregnancies. The Creature independence Robert Diyanni notes in his book Literature, feminists are focused upon "the role, position, and influence of women" as well as "women writers" such as Mary Shelley. "...my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal" (140). CONCLUSION Mary Shelley revealed her feminist beliefs of motherhood, expected roles, independence, and equality through the Creature in her novel, Frankenstein. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein reveals the injustice of society's expectations upon women, restricting them of their full humanity. She became influenced to voice her opinions through the Creature to establish her feminist views. THEME Three main branches of Feminism: -Reformist: -Radical: -Socialist: "oppression of women inequalities developed in...class systems." * "gender inequality can be eliminated through legislative or electoral forms." * "target male psychology or biology...source of women oppression." * *"What is Feminism? Feminism 101." Red Letter Press - Socialist Feminist Books - Online Bookstore.N.p., n.d.Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.redletterpress.org/feminism101.html>. "Frankenstein giving [his creature] a female demon, an object of its own desire, aligns the demon with women, who are forbidden to have their own desires" (Homans). Society's Belief Homans, Margaret. Bearing the word: language and female experience in nineteenth-century women's writing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986. Print. Diane Long Hoeveler, of Marquette University, discusses in her critical essay 'Frankenstein, feminism and literary theory,' "society's repressive attitudes towards women and arguing...negative stereotypes about proper roles of mothers, daughters, servants, and friends" "Mary Shelley - British Novelist - Biography." The European Graduate School - Media and Communication - Graduate & Postgraduate Studies Program. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2013. <http://www.egs.edu/library/mary-shelley/biography/>. Female characters become victims men as Rebecca Dudczak of Mount Holyoke College explains how, "Shelley paints men as being the passionate gender lusting for knowledge."
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