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FRANKENSTEIN as Mary Shelley In the dramatic story Frankenstein one mans search for the creation of a human being is depicted This book by Mary Shelly is a Gothic story whose primary characters are all male and there is no central protagonist However it may be considered a feminine novel for there are many subtexts in the story of Frankenstein that have to do with reproducing human life and giving birth As we analyse the themes that confront Victor in this story we look at trust conflict commitment and choice in the way the decision making process is done The story challenges the traditional ways of life the bond of love and hate between creator and creation Frankenstein would thus become the novel that most accurately represents the condition of both men and women The monsters tragedy is his confinement to the intensities of a one-to-one relationship with his maker and his separation from other relations In Mary Shelleys novel intense identification exists at the expense of identifying a woman At best women are the bearers of the traditional ideology of love nurturance and domesticity Thus for the monster himself women become a major problem The plot focuses not on the image of the hostile father but on that of the dead mother who comes to symbolise to the monster his loveless state Literally unmothered he fantasises acceptance by a series of women but all this ends up in violence Frankenstein is a very much a novel about giving birth As Anne Miller writes By stealing the females control over reproduction Frankenstein has eliminated the females primary biological function and source of cultural power Mellor 274 According to Mellor only a female gives birth but Frankenstein the male scientist is trying to change this by playing with the order of nature He wants to give birth in the same way that women do and thus change the role of the female
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