Victor Frankenstein has not always been an orphan, though, and Shelley devotes much space to an account of his family history. All subsequent citations will be from this edition. That Eve's punishment for her sin is the doom of agonized maternity -- the doom of painfully becoming no longer herself but "Mother of Human Race" -- appears therefore to seal the grim parallel.
But especially, in, andshe read the works of Milton: But there are paradoxes lurking here. Plainly one fallen angel can recognize another. And significantly, he is himself as nameless as a woman is in patriarchal society, as nameless as unmarried, illegitimately pregnant Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin may have felt herself to be at the time she wrote Frankenstein.
Speaking of his childhood, he reminds his sister that, because poetry had "lifted [my soul] to heaven," he had become a poet and "for one year lived in a paradise of my own creation. Passing from hand to hand, pocket to pocket, the smiling miniature of Victor's "angel mother" seems a token of some secret fellowship in sin, as does Victor's post-creation nightmare of transforming a lovely, living Elizabeth, with a single magical kiss, into "the corpse of my dead mother" enveloped in a shroud made more horrible by "grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel" 42chap.
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Indeed, Eliot's real Casaubon, as opposed to Dorothea's idealized Casaubon, is in certain respects closer to the real author of Paradise Lost than his dream image is to the Miltonic epic speaker. Houghton Mifflin,p. In the years just before she wrote Frankenstein, for instance, and those when she was engaged in composing the novelshe studied her parents' writings, alone or together with Shelley, like a scholarly detective seeking clues to the significance of some cryptic text.
Surely, that just is a biographical principle of classification. A closer look at this passage and at its context, however, transforms this interpretation, revealing that with characteristic irony Eliot has found a way of having submissive Dorothea intend, among other things, the very opposite of what she says to Casaubon.
For a similarly horrific and equally punning statement of sexual nausea, one would have to go back to Donne's "Love's Alchymie" with its urgent, misogynistic imperative: Her desire "to arrive at the core of things," for instance, though ostensibly the result of a docile wish to "judge soundly on the duties of a Christian," is inextricably bound up with her ambitious plan to renovate her society by designing new housing for the poor.
For, like the monster, like Catherine Morland, and like Mary Shelley herself, Eve is characterized by her "unique knowledge of what it is like to be born free of history," even though as the "Mother of Mankind" she is fated to "make" history.
Certainly the almost grotesquely anxious self-analysis implicit in Victor Frankenstein's and Mary Shelley's multiform relationships to Eve, Adam, God, and Satan suggest as much.
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Godwin's [and] to meet Shelley in secret. We shall see that, resolutely closing their Goethethese women often passionately reopen their Byronusing Romantic modes and manners to enact subversively feminist reinterpretations of Paradise Lost.
In fact, though it tends to be ignored by critics and filmmakerswhose emphasis has always fallen upon Frankenstein himself as the archetypal mad scientist, the drastic shift in point of view that the homeless monster's monologue represents probably constitutes Frankenstein's most striking technical tour de force, just as the monster's bitter self-revelations are Mary Shelley's most impressive and original achievement.
Because this is so, it eventually becomes clear that though Victor Frankenstein enacts the roles of Adam and Satan like a child trying on costumes, his single most self-defining act transforms him definitively into Eve. There are various ways of theorising this, including most simply the psychoanalytic way which tells us that the unconscious finds its way unbeknown to us into what we write.
What's more, they undersell themselves by describing their book as "Text, Cases and Materials", because they have woven by far the largest proportion of the cases and materials into the text.
Cited: A classic feminist discussion of Jane Eyre is the book The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar (Yale University Press, ) See also Martin, Robert B. Charlotte Brontë 's Novels: The Accents of Persuasion. Indeed, just as Frankenstein's workshop, with its maddening, riddling answers to cosmic questions is a hidden but commanding attic womb/room where the young artist-scientist murders to dissect and to recreate, so the murderous monster's single, carefully guarded narrative commands and controls Mary Shelley's novel.
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