Women in the nineteenth century were frowned upon the inability to reproduce. With Victor creating life without women it more or less demoralises women and their sole purpose in life. END PARAGRAPH include something like this in it - Even though men are the protagonists in Frankenstein. It is full of the mistakes they make in life, whilst shelley is making a truly feminist point by stating that women are the real backbone of society. 1046 words!
It ... ... middle of paper ... ...men only care for trivial and selfish things. Therefore, Orwell's portrayal of women is discriminatory, showing them to be less intelligent than men. Orwell's Belief that women are inferior to men is clearly exposed through Nineteen Eighty-Four. Women are shown to form relationships for only sexual purposes and to not care about becoming emotionally close to anyone. As well, all the female characters require more development, causing them to be very dull characters.
Although Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is not technically a feminist novel, Shelley ever so subtly makes a strong case for the plight of women in a patriarchal society. Speaking from the male point of view, Shelley is able to depict everything that is wrong with society from subservient stereotypes, interpretation of procreation and the demeaning treatment of women as objects. While staying true to the gender roles in the time period, it becomes apparent that not only are men held to a different standard than women, but they are also undeserving. Rather than force her controversial observations down her readers' throats, she stealthily crafts the novel leaving one with a newfound respect and value of women and their role in society. Although the novel is written by a woman, there are only male narrators leaving the female representation to be from the perspective of male author's in that time period.
Although Mary Shelley illustrates her female characters as fragile and left to make minimal decisions independently, they still show feminist characteristics such as responsibility and individualism. The limited female roles in the story may be a reflection of the societal theories at the time. Men in the story such as Walton and Victor Frankenstein go on quests in search of success, experience, and knowledge. However, the women are detained in the house and are kept apart from the male dominion where intellectual activity is plentiful. Shelley’s alienation of the female characters portrays the repercussions of a societal structure that cherishes males over females.
The women in this novel are living in a hierarchical male dominated society where they are seen as objects of desire for men. It appears there are only two options presented at the time for women in this novel; they can either be a prostitute or a housewife. Alma Schmidt and Karen Holmes are two examples of the oppression that women face in From Here to Eternity, which places Alma as a whore and Karen as a housewife. Both women are controlled and live in a society were men are dominate. Alma and Karen struggle to find their individuality and identities through much of the novel and both women have negative self-images of themselves because they believe all of the destructive things they hear directed towards them.
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.
For centauries, women have been forced to live life in the outskirts of a male dominated society. During the 1800’s, the opportunities for women were extremely limited and Mary Shelly does an excellent job in portraying this in her gothic novel, Frankenstein. Furthermore, in this novel, Mary Shelly shows how society considers women to be possessions rather than independent human beings. In addition, the female characters rely heavily on men for support and survival, thus proving their inability to do it on their own. Lastly, the female characters in this novel are in many ways victimized by the male characters.
The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story. In The Chrysanthemums, John Steinbeck intends to suggest that all women are not equal to men in society. Elisa understands this when she is not able to take part in the same male oriented activities that her husband takes part in. Elisa is seen as a lesser of a person just because of her gender. That demoralism of women leads me to believe that Steinbeck thought all women were insignificant.
In 1800’s, woman had the lowest position; they did not have any right, power, and freedom. Also, woman had to obey to man. Thus, some writers criticized the men who were highly influenced by their prejudice against women on their novels. And, “A Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman are the examples of the stories condemning the society that does not give any right and power to women. Moreover, the authors of the short stories allude to men’s unfair treatment against women and women’s complaint about the unjust treatment.
The main points in Professor Smith's essay are that the female characters are there only to reflect the male characters, and that the Frankenstein family has a weird style of living, which she describes as a "bookkeeping mentality" (Smith 279). Smith begins her essay by looking at the historical factors that may have contributed to this seemingly sexist book. Shelley, writing in the first half of the 19th Century, was in a period in which a woman "was conditioned to think she needed a man's help" (Smith 275). In the novel itself, no women speak directly. The book has three basic narrators: Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, and Frankenstein's monster.