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Even though she is only mentioned in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein for a relatively brief period the character Safie is very interesting as she is unique from the other characters in that her subjectivity is more clearly dependent on her religion and the culture of her nation Contrasts can be made between the Orient and the European society which attempts to interpret it Often this creates stereotypes such as western feminists that have viewed third-world women as ignorant poor uneducated tradition-bound religious domesticated family oriented and victimizedMohanty 290 Of course some of these things could also have said of European women of the time period although noone would argue the point since Oriental women were viewed as being more oppressed Strong contrasts can also be made in relation to the differences between Safies development as a foreign character and her subjectivity as a female character in relation to those of the other female characters of the book While the other female characters lack depth into how their religion and culture affect them Safies religion and Arabian culture sculpt her into a subject with feminist qualities juxtaposed against her fulfillment of European domestic ideology Many theorists such as Benveniste who said Consciousness of self or subjectivity is only possible if it is experienced by contrast argue that ones subjectivity can only exist in their relation to the Other85 The subjects relation this Other depends on which aspect is being examined For example when dealing with gender it would be the relationship between Man and Woman and when dealing with nationality it would be the relationship between Native and Foreigner Thus the character of Safie was defined in terms of her relationship to those around her In the Turkish society her role would have been to fulfill positions of lesser rank such as a daughter to her father or a woman in relation to the dominant men and when in Europe as a foreign Turk
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