Feminist Criticism In Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a well known gothic novel that ties in many romantic characteristics. In the eighteenth century, Sigmund Freud introduced psychoanalytic theory as a major component of literary criticism. After analysing Frankenstein, the Genesis story, and “The Creation of Man by Prometheus,” scholars note similarities in Feminist criticism and forbidden knowledge. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the reader is able to analyse her works from a feminist viewpoint. During the time period that Frankenstein was written, women had a lesser role in society. They did not have the same educational, social, or political opportunities that men had. This split in genders also applied to opinions, generally when women had an opinion they kept it to themselves. In Frankenstein, this is seen in the deaths of the female characters. Victor’s mother is an example of this, she is silenced early in the story when she dies of scarlet fever. Even though this was an important event in Victor’s life it is only briefly mentioned. In fact, Caroline (the name Victor’s of Mother) is only mentioned once or twice throughout the entire book. This is a subtle yet key detail in the story. The lack of mentioning her name makes her seem, in the reader’s eye, a less important character. Her counterpart Alphonse Frankenstein (Victor’s father) is mentioned significantly more. This is important to note because of his status as a male character. Alphonse is a key part of the plot leading up to
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