Mary Shelly=Frankenstein

PosterĄG Roy Wang at 12:16:8 10/29/97 from

As Kate mentions, "Frankenstein" refers to Mary Shelly's childhood. On the grounds of antiquated tradition, women could not have many opportunities to do what they wanted as men. Even though writing was one of male jobs also. To gain a solid footing and ask for the equality of the two genders, Mary Shelly wrote "Frankenstein" which was regarded as the female creation story to fight against male writing tendency at that moment. As a matter of fact, I think Shelly's Frankenstein refers to all of of the women who yearned to get rid of the antiquated tradition and have the same freedom as men. Owing to the influence of the treatment of females as inferior to males, women were standardized as the symbol of weakness and obedience as well as loyalty. Under such inequality, they seemed to be like men's puppets who needed to do or obey what they asked in order to live up the "standardization". Since she could not yield to this treatment, Mary Shelly wrote "Frankenstein" to show her dissatisfaction. In her mind, women also should get the chance to get a volume of knowledge from school. They were capable of searching for anything they wanted, such as having the argument with their professors about some issues, doing the creation and so forth. At bottom, I think that Frankenstein's reason for creating a monster was to give evidence of women's ability as men--Darwin's theory. It was a kind of challenge, wasn't it? After reading this story, I find that the aim of Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" was to ward the traditional standardzation about women off. What she looked for was to re-shape men's points of view about women. Shakespeare said, "Woman, thy woe of man." I wonder what will happen if both Shelly and Shakespeare live at the same time. Guess?????


  • Mary Shelly against or for Frankenstein? -- Kate Liu 10:21:19 11/3/97

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