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Has one ever sat around and envisioned the world with pregnant men A world where men had to endure everything that comes with and after a pregnancy Mary Shelleys Frankenstein gives a man the ability to give birth Mary Shelley uses the childbirth metaphor to intertwine a feminist perspective in the plot of Frankenstein The Childbirth MetaphorThe childbirth metaphor in fiction is used as a paradigm for creativity Writers give birth to their works as women give birth to their children The use of the female anatomy as a model for human creativityvalidates womens artistic effort by unifying their mental and physical labor into procreativityFriedman 49Literary pregnancy is the act of writing through ones body Authors are engaging in literary pregnancy while creating and stringing along every essential detail of a piece of work The literary pregnancy describes the process of writing the blood sweat and tears of pregnancy as to the erasing molding and critiquing of writing Denise Levertov insists the poet is in laborshe hears the doctor say those are the shoulders you are feeling now-and she knows the head is out then and the child is pushing and sliding out of her insistent a poem Friedman 48 Levertov uses the struggle and pain of pushing out the head and the excruciating shoulders and that alone intensifies her intended metaphor The childbirth metaphor gives woman a relationship with creating great works Before the theorized metaphor of childbirth was introduced for modern feminism maternity has often appeared to be a lure or a trap As mothers women risk being defined primarily in terms of sexual reproductionFord 189 The metaphor allows feminist writers to spin their maternal definition They are able to use their god given function of sexual reproduction as a paradigm for a new writing style The metaphor allows them to subtract the masculinity away from literature and add a feminine touch In Mary Shelleys time women were not supposed to be
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