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In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein many aspects relate to gender criticism feminist criticism and queer theory These are the types of criticism that explain the novel the best Feminist and gender are both big because the author is a female and in the time that the novel was written female authors were not respected Shelley had to overcome this restriction by keeping herself anonymous and writing a non-emotional piece Gender criticism is related to feminist criticism and gay and lesbian criticism Gender criticism is used to question the idea that gender is natural inevitable and innate Lynn 1169 It is used to show that humans are not just divided into masculine and feminine but also human sexuality All men are not strictly masculine and all women are not strictly feminine Most of the characters in the book show qualities of the opposite sex at different times Gender and sex are distinguished by sex being biology and gender being culture Since gender is influenced by surroundings men and women can have qualities of the opposite sex This shows that men can write as women and women can write as men This was a key critique of Mary Shelley because her novel Frankenstein is written in a way that people would assume the author was male Women are expected to write with emotion which is something that Frankenstein lacks I will also apply the concept of feminist criticism Feminist criticism proves that there is sexual oppression which is displayed in Frankenstein There are not many female characters but the females that are in the story are portrayed as weaker characters that are there to take care of the male characters The women in Frankenstein are not portrayed as important Queer theory is also a good theory to be used to criticize this novel Queer theory responds to the problems with the gay and lesbian theory When there are hints of homosexuality in a novel it does not
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