The Patriarchal Mother By Mary Shelley

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The Patriarchal Mother Mary Shelley chose to write Frankenstein from the perspective of three narrators, which, not surprisingly, were all male. We are presented with the accounts of Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, and the Monster. The women that are portrayed in this novel are simply tools used by the author to further develop the importance of the male experience of the narrators. They are portrayed as beautiful, capable of self-sacrifice, delicate and nurturing to their men, yet at the same time they have very little influence over the actions of these men. In the few instances where Shelley gives women power, she quickly takes it away. Such as the phenomena of creating life that women have when they give birth, she gives to women, but then takes it away and hands to Victor, allowing him to play mother and God. By looking at Frankenstein through the lens of Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, it becomes apparent that Shelley has written the novel with a focus on the patriarchal perspective that in turn points out the simplification of the female persona in the novel. This is important to acknowledge because Mary Shelley uses this as a mechanism to create an image of women that lacks proper representation and negates their contribution to the life cycle. Women are made to appear grotesque in a sense, similarly to the way that the commonwealth is made to appear in Burke’s text. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley creates an image of women that

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