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A feminist reading of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En feministisk läsning av Mary Shelleys Frankenstein (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay is a feminist analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) that shows how Shelley criticizes society through presenting feminist viewpoints. I argue that Shelley critiques traditional gender roles by punishing characters subscribing to them. Most of the characters conform to traditional gender stereotypes. The male characters are ambitious and self-centered while the female characters are self-sacrificing and docile. The main protagonist Victor Frankenstein represents patriarchal belief and is incapable of any feminine attributes which leads to the demise of everyone he cares for, and himself. The male-only narration emphasizes how insignificant the male characters deem women to be, as they are rarely heard of and most of the time ignored. In the novel, nature is represented as active and feminine, and it punishes or rewards characters in accordance with their actions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Mary Shelley; Frankenstein; feminist reading; gender roles
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-74494DiVA, id: diva2:1345359
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English
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-23 Last updated: 2019-08-26Bibliographically approved

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