In the novel Frankenstein, why does Safie want to marry Felix?I'm having trouble writing my essay because I want to write about how passive women contribute to the theme of gratitude and...

In the novel Frankenstein, why does Safie want to marry Felix?

I'm having trouble writing my essay because I want to write about how passive women contribute to the theme of gratitude and obligation. For instance, when Safie's father let Felix marry her because he attempted to free him, that would be an example of gratitude (Felix's attempt to rescue him) and obligation (Her father giving Safie up to Felix as thanks for what he did). So why does Safie marry Felix? Is it because she feels obligated to do so? If so, why? and if not why does she marry him?

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One could suggest that Safie, a character in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, does not wish to marry Felix out of either obligation or gratitude. Instead, Safie's desire to marry Felix comes from her dislike of her father's religion and her love for Felix. Instead of embracing the Muslim religion (her father's), Safie embraces Christianity (a religion introduced to her by her mother).

Not only is Safie enamored with the idea of leading a less restrictive life as a Christian, as opposed to Muslim, she truly loves Felix. The conversation between the two is limited to broken language and pure emotions. This, alone, speaks to the honesty behind Safie's love of Felix. Safie has risked everything to be with Felix. Therefore, I would suggest that it is not about obligation or gratitude at all. Instead, one could suggest that their love contrasts the love between Victor and Elizabeth (one which does seem to stem from obligation and gratitude).

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