What evidence of feminist criticism as well as feminist aspects are present within Frankenstein or the Modern Promethus?Including quotes, historical and contextual knowledge and evidence. the above...

What evidence of feminist criticism as well as feminist aspects are present within Frankenstein or the Modern Promethus?

Including quotes, historical and contextual knowledge and evidence. the above question relates to a essay question that relates to a feminist perspective being applied to the novel of Frankenstein.

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Most feminist criticism of Frankenstein focuses on the observation that the female characters are minimal, not developed and reflective of Victorian culture. For example, Frankenstein’s mother Caroline is depicted as being the perfect woman - a sensitive, caring and charitable woman who doted on her husband and children and whose death was mourned by everyone. Her “adopted” daughter Elizabeth, takes her place when she dies, taking over all family duties with no complaints, raising the younger children and waiting forever to marry Victor. She never complains about her lengthy engagement but patiently waits for Victor to say he is ready. Then, she is murdered on her wedding night all because Victor is too weak to give in to the monster’s demands and create him a companion, kill the monster or take precautions to protect Elizabeth. The monster is angry at Victor, yet he kills Elisabeth. The servant, Justine, accepts her death sentence and goes to the gallows like a sweet, obedient woman, never acting out in anger over the injustice. Victor is also impotent to protect her. The narrator, Walton, writes to his sister, Margaret, who is obviously a well-to-do married woman who has little to do but read and write letters.

The female characters are used solely to reflect the male characters. If you will notice, the women do not speak directly. Our knowledge of the women, what little there is, comes through the male narrators.

There is quite a bit of scholarship available on this topic if you do some research.

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