In chapter one the initial mention of a woman right away sets up a precedent for all the women to follow, Safie of course being the exception. Shelley, subtley, introduces the reader from the very beginning to the passivity of woman in speaking of Caroline, "He came like a protecting spirit to the poor girl, who committed herself to his care; and after the interment of his friend, he conducted her to Geneva, and placed her under the protection of a relation"(41). Words such as "protecting" and "placed her" infer that Caroline is in a sense not fully capable, as is Elizabeth and Justine. Caroline's helplessness is no more significant than the rest of the women, however for a journal entry one example will have to suffice in comparison to Safie.
Now being that this is the standard for the women in "Frankenstein" then why would Shelley create Safie, who does not follow any of these ideals? Presumably in critically reading the book as a whole, the reader can understand that Shelley is in fact a feminist herself and the production of all of these women,... [continues]
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