Title: Female Characters in Frankenstein
Research Questions:What characteristics do the six female characters (Margaret, Caroline, Justine, Elizabeth, the woman creature, Safie the Arabian) have respectively in the novel?/ What are the similarities and differences among these female characters?/ What roles do women play in that era comparing with those in modern times?
Tentative Answers: Silent Margaret, conventional Caroline and Justine, contradictory Elizabeth, totally controlled female monster and relative free Safie. These female characters are all stereotype female roles and accessories of man, however, some of them are longing for freedom or take the first step for women’s right, but some not. Different from silent and powerless female roles in thar era, women have achieved more and more equal right nowadays.
I. Introduction and topic sentence: Mary Shelley reveals the social status, enslavement and resistance of women in the novel. My reseach will focus on six different female characters in the novel, so that make an introspection and expectation of women’s future.
II. A brief introduction of feminism and the relationship between it and Frankenstein.
III. Analyse the six female characters individually.
IV. Compare and contrast the six female characters.
V. Conclusion: In modern society, there are more and more independent women. Hopefully we can achieve complete equality in the near future.
Female Characters in Frankenstein
“Angel in the house”, as an feminine model, was highly praised by European mainstream society in the 19th century. In the novel Frankenstein, female characters cover only a small part of the story, and just mentioned with the description of male characters. However, in this way, Mary Shelley reveals the social status, enslavement and resistance of women in that era. With a brief introduction of the relationship between feminism and...