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Elizabeth the Monster and Patriarchy In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein some blatant parallels are made between Dr Frankensteins adopted sister Elizabeth and the monster he created Both of these innocent creatures together represent all of mankind in their similarities and differences Elizabeth being the picture of womanhood and goodness the monster representing manhood and evil Both Elizabeth and the monster belong to and structure their lives in terms of Dr Frankenstein leading to overall destruction and ultimately demonstrating the dangerous properties of patriarchy which Dr Frankenstein embodies Dr Frankenstein begins his narrative most logically in telling the story of his childhood Dr Victor Frankensteins mother was a loving benevolent woman moved by the plight of the impoverished and forever doing all in her power to give charity to those in need It was thus that she came across a poor Italian family with a flock of dirty children one of them stood out she was blond and fair and especially angelic Victors mother decided that it was her duty to raise this blond girl as her own or rather as Victors own This girl was Elizabeth who is in a way given to Victor as a gift and thus begins his unnatural relationship with power and creation On the evening previous to Elizabeth being brought to my home my mother had said playfully I have a pretty present for my Victor-tomorrow he shall have it And when on the morrow she presented Elizabeth to me as her promised gift I with childish seriousness interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine-mine to protect love and cherish 56 On her deathbed Victors mother expresses her desire for the ultimate union of Victor and Elizabeth The fate of Elizabeth is thus utterly dependent upon Victors and Victors relationship with his fellow humans is forever grossly twisted due to his near ownership of Elizabeth The arrangement of their odd marriage is never questioned by either one of
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