Relationships towards women in XIX century: responding Frankenstein

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The novel "Frankenstein" by Marry Shelly was published in 1816 and is a mirror of the male and female gender roles in Victorian society. It also provides Shelley's feministic belief system at that time. Many facts of the novel are based on personal experience of the author.


In the story Elizabeth is portrayed as a beautiful possession of Victor Frankenstein. When Caroline - Victor's mother - saw her for the first time she was so amazed by the look of this girl that decided to take Elizabeth to Frankenstein's family. Describing this situation Shelly talks about the girl as a thing. "I have a pretty present for my Victor - tomorrow he shall have it." "And when, on the morrow, she presented Elizabeth to me as her promised gift, I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally, and looked upon Elizabeth as mine - mine to protect, love, and cherish. All praises bestowed on her, I received as made to a possession of my own" (35). These relationships on the first pages are described as unilateral. It seems that she is incapable of doing anything, she could be only an object of activity. But it is not so as we can see in further chapters. Elizabeth is really incapable of doing evil. That is a stereotype view on women in Victorian society. Even her appearance is angelic, beautiful and very feminine. "Her hair was the brightest living gold, and, despite the poverty of her clothing, seemed to set a crown of distinction on her head. ...
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