The monster's view of women/sex (Elizabeth (Frankenstein’s monster,…
The monster's view of women/sex
“My days were spent in close attention…and I may boast that I improved more rapidly than the Arabian…I could imitate almost every word that was spoken…I also learned the science of letters” (99).
Monster views himself above Safie and refers to her as 'the Arabian' instead of her name
It's inconsequential to the novel whether Safie herself learns the language, as long as the lessons being taught to her are influencing and furthering the monster
Women passive characters
Disobeys male figure, showing the Monster that women are not completely docile
Driven by love- shows the Monster that women are emotional
Frankenstein’s monster, well aware of Frankenstein's weakness and filled with the madness that results from parental neglect, murders Elizabeth in order to hurt his creator as deeply as possible.
Doesn't care that he murders her as she is so passive
She's what he can't have (posessive)
Monster's requested female creation based on jealousy of Elizabeth
The monster seeks a female of his kind to commiserate with his awful existence
Elizabeth has become another inert victim in this game of insanity and male-centered mayhem. She has been demeaned and reduced to a simple tool of revenge, along with the other female characters appearing in Frankenstein.
Passive female character
Moral rightousness/purity of 1800's
Gives the compassion that Felix doesn't
Women are gentle and
compassionate and men are not
To exhibit and embody all virtue and sensitivity. These are the first lessons learned by the monster; he has never seen such tenderness before now.
“Agatha listened with respect, her eyes sometimes filled with tears, which she endeavored to wipe away unperceived” (93).
Teach love and relationships
Each charcter eventually destroys the other’s love interest, transferring woman’s status from object of desire to object of revenge; women thus are never given the opportunity to act on their own.