Hester defies the stereotype that women are weak and frail and cannot survive on their own. Because Hester does not have a husband to provide for her and Pearl, she is forced to provide for her family economically. “She possessed an art that suf... ... middle of paper ... ...y become active members of society, just like men, if they are allowed to be gender neutral. Hawthorne breaks down normal gender characteristics by switching the typical male and female traits of the characters in the novel to prove that when society allows women to be gender neutral they can be just as important and able members of society as men. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses Hester as a symbol of women’s liberation from male authority.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dracula by Bram Stoker, both nineteenth century texts, present women and their roles within society at that time as one of subservience to their male counterparts. Women had no independent means of subsistence, and were obliged to follow the conventions set by men. Therefore it’s hard to believe that Shelley, a daughter of one of the leading feminists of the day was responsible for presenting women as the submissive role to their male counterparts. How ironic it is that that she was not subservience to her male counterparts in her own life, because although of her father’s disapproval of her partner Percy Shelley, who was already married and to his pregnant wife. She fled to France with him, and disowned herself from her family.
In addition, as Walton becomes better acquainted with Victor, he gets less affectionate and informative in his lett... ... middle of paper ... ...to women, however today’s society also has some contrasting ideals. Mary Shelley depicts the Romantic ideal of inferiority of women in Frankenstein. These ethics can be compared and contrasted with values of today’s society. Shelley had all male narrators to accentuate the belief of male superiority. The female orphans of the story portray the assumption that women are helpless and the lack of letters from Margaret emphasizes the essential worthlessness of a woman’s opinions.
In conclusion Frankenstein can be read as a female critique of male ambition and showing the failings of a patriarchal society who undervalue a woman's role in society and more importantly a male's lack of understanding of what it means to be a mother. Shelley through having absent mothers and not having the women in her novel take an active role as such has cleverly highlighted the importance of females in society. Hence there is no void where a female understanding should be as there is in the background a presence of strong women and also the monster in learning what it is to be human shows us the difference in the sexes. Works Cited Bann, Stephen (ed. ), Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity, London : Reaktion, 1994.
In accordance, Lavanza through her mother’s death wish complies to marry Victor Frankenstein. However, she is sees him going through a rough time and with caution confesses her love for him. Even as she confesses she goes in the weak role of giving Victor the choice to walk away from her life and marry another girl if he wishes too. Thus, the weak role of women is evident through Elizabeth Lavanza’s passivity. In comparison to Elizabeth Lavanza, Elizabeth Proctor also exemplif... ... middle of paper ... ...t because she still loves her husband.
The law that the attorney says Mrs. Peters is married to, is a patriarchal law that dominates women and makes them matters of the system. These women’s dedication truly lies with each other and their struggle to survive a domineering civilization. If during a marriage a woman is secluded and subjugated, her only sense of self lies within the common struggle. At the end, she signifies that her responsibility towards her fellow woman is more significant than the law and stays faithful to her sex. In fact, they might have a concealed longing to do the same thing with their husbands as a rebellious to the continuous domination from the men.
When such important roles are taken by men, women, at the other end are expected to be obedient, silent, and useless (except in chores). History has numerous examples in books, morals and real life in which women are known through culture to be unimportant. A classic novel, Frankenstein, also shares this fact about women. Women are portrayed as weak throughout the novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly, because they are dependent on men, treated as property, and helpless during troubled times. Some may believe that women were portrayed to be strong in the novel through the act of sacrifice and through their potential to bring great change.
At the beginning of the novel, women were demoralized as men were given the leading roles and attention. Also, women were categorized into the lower social class as compared to men. They can either play the role of wife, daughter, mother or sister. Their primary task was to look after men. In this novel, Mary Shelley has explained about leading female characters who play the role of mother, sister, and wife to be of the main character Victor Frankenstein.
Even many years ago “privileged women were encouraged to adopt a delicate, thin and fragile appearance” (189 Women’s Voices). Even though these women were in the highest class they were still not equal to their male counter parts. They had to appear fragile and delicate to make the man look even more superior and in charge. The way the women looked then still had effect on their equality with men. The industries, like cosmetics and fashion, which help women change their appearance are mostly ran be men.
Women’s Individual Capability Mary Shelley’s novel entitled Frankenstein demonstrates women of the Romantic Era as powerless citizens of society. Throughout the novel, the women are secondary characters and are portrayed through the men’s perspective. Therefore, many would think that these female characters are passive and dependant as they are often described as companions and nurturers. Despite the unequal rights of women, Shelley, one of the earliest feminist, has developed female characters who show agency. This trait of taking charge of one 's course of life is reflected through Justine Moritz as she is willing to die for her beliefs, in Safie who defies her father’s and religious wishes and when Victor Frankenstein decides to abort