Victor's view of women/sex (Elizabeth (Nothing more than a gift for…
Victor's view of women/sex
Even when her life is threatened, however, Frankenstein still holds the game of wits between himself and his monster above protecting Elizabeth.
Instead of guarding her he says:“She left me, and I continued some time walking up and down the passages of the house and inspecting every corner that might afford a retreat to my adversary…when suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream” (173).
Submissive, doesn't move along plot
Elizabeth stands up for Justine’s innocence but cannot prevent her execution
Victor could only concentrate on ways to save his own tragic life rather than realizing the monster is only intending to take what seemed most treasurable to him
Victor doesn't listen to Elizabeth's demands, practically ignoring her existence while being eaten away by his tormenting work
"She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down and her pale and distorted features half covered by her hair." (Shelley, 179)
Killed so violently and carelessly= how low she was seen
passive, seldom vocal character
Takes punishment because society tells her to, ultimate passivity
'But I have no power of explaining'
she was full of "tender caresses" (1.6)
"guardian angel to the afflicted" (1.6).
by marrying her dad's close friend, Caroline keeps it in the family—just as she desperately wants Victor to do, by marrying Elizabeth
Older man= control, submission
Dies of Scarlet fever which normally affects children- she's weak and women treated as children
Widowed and then soon married= women always need a man
I looked upon Elizabeth as mine - mine to protect, love and cherish. All praises bestowed on her I received as made to a possession of my own” (21).
For Victor, Elizabeth proves the sole joy that can alleviate his guilty conscience
Simply waits for Victor's attention (a constant)
Constantly 'saved'- rapunzel complex
Nothing more than a gift for Victor's satisfaction
My mother had said playfully, 'I have a pretty present for my Victor -tomorrow he shall have it.'
Victor refuses to trust Elizabeth with the secret of his creation, ultimately letting her die without any clue as to who her miserable murderer might have been
Women stupid and untrustworthy, could never understand his genius
pathetic role which only required her to undergo suffering eventually followed by death