How Is Mary Shelly Portrayed In Frankenstein

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Lucy Royte 11.11.14 H band Guralnick Mary Shelly supports feminism in Frankenstein by portraying women as weak, ephemeral and unable to stand up for themselves. Justine, charged with murder does not fight back and goes to jail. "'And do you also believe that I am so very, very wicked?'"(p 73). In fact Justine takes her situation and believes in what her conviction stated. She begins to believe that she in fact is guilty. "I heard that you had yourself declared your guilt" (p 73). Shelly portrays this girl as malleable and unable to stand up for what is right. There is also a definite lack of female leads in the novel; the explorer and scientist are well-educated males who frequently correspond to their lovers and sisters.…show more content…
After realizing his creation is hideous and terrifying Victor Frankenstein runs out of his house and leaves the monster to his own devices. After Victor was introduced to institutions he become blind to the needs of others. Knowing nothing of humans and how to live he observes a family in the woods, he is kind and thoughtful. “…I often took his tools, the use of which I quickly discovered, and brought home firing sufficient for the consumption of several days… she opened the door in the morning, appeared greatly astonished… I observed with pleasure…” (p 99). Before being ruined by society and living with others the creature is curious about the welfare of others. The creature goes on to express how he admires and how at home he feels in nature. “The very winds whispered in soothing accents…” (p 82). After observing the family for some time he attempts to introduce himself. Horrified by his appearance the family shoots at him and the creature runs into the woods deeply hurt and confused. After this encounter he come into contact with a small boy in the woods, he immediately kills him. “’ The child still… I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet’” (p 131). After coming in contact with society the monster, a kind and empathetic creation, becomes a

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