Meninism In Frankenstein

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Meninism is basically feminism’s basterdized offspring. It was created by white men for other white men to complain about how hard life is for white males. Another example of how modern day white men have to make everything about themselves. If this paper was about whether or not Frankenstein could be seen as a meninist book, this paper would be rocketing towards, ‘yes, it could’. But that’s not what this paper is about. This paper is asking whether or not Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein can be seen as a feminist book. The answer? No, no it cannot. While Frankenstein isn’t a bad book, it can’t be called a feminist book for multiple reasons. The main character of Frankenstein is none other than Victor Frankenstein, the one in which the book was…show more content…
All of which, as clearly stated before, are male. These three are also the most well rounded, unsurprisingly. Victor is well written and in depth. It’s explained how his “temper was sometimes violent,” and his “passions vehement” but by some law of his temperature “they were turned towards childish pursuits, but to an eager desire to learn, and not to learn all things indiscriminately” (34). From there on it builds, stemming from the desire in his childhood. All of the things he does are explained, he is the product of what he was raised around and how outside forces influenced him. Victor is a well rounded character and his multiple traits are shown throughout the book. His curiosity, drive, intelligence, love, stupidity, all is shown and he becomes a person. Someone others may relate to and see themselves in. Even the monster, a big hulking creature to all that see it, has more than just 4 sides. He is a tall strong man with the brain of a child. The monster is curious and kind, he wants to explore and learn all that he does not know. He craves companionship and relationships with others. He’s not some dense creature that understands nothing. In…show more content…
The female characters such as Safie, Elizabeth, Justine, Margaret and Agatha are there as nothing more than channel of action for the male characters in the novel. Events and actions happen to them, usually for the sake of teaching a male character a lesson or sparking an emotion within him. Each of Shelley’s women serves a very specific purpose in Frankenstein, all one dimensional characters there for nothing more than the betterment of the male characters. As an example, Justine is written to be a very passive and rarely vocal character in the novel. After being tossed back and forth from her family to the Frankensteins, she’s framed for the murder of Victor’s younger brother, William. Instead of pleading her innocence and reacting as most would expect when accused wrongfully of manslaughter, she remains peaceful. In her own words, she explains that “God knows how entirely I am innocent. But I do not pretend that my protestations should acquit me; I rest my innocence on a plain and simple explanation of the facts…” (65). While being passive about the subject sticks to the character traits we’ve already been given, it becomes apparent that this is the only purpose behind her character: “But I have no power of explaining it…I am only left to conjecture concerning the probabilities by which it might have been placed in my pocket” (66). After all of this transpires Justine becomes an inactive,

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