Submissive women

, the author characterizes each woman as passive, disposable and serving a utilitarian function.Female characters like Safie, Elizabeth, Justine, Margaret and Agatha provide nothing more but a channel of action for the male characters in the novel.

But I do not pretend that my protestations should acquit me; I rest my innocence on a plain and simple explanation of the facts…” (65).

Not only do her speech and actions demonstrate passivity, but the simple act of being framed proves this to be the purpose behind her character: “But I have no power of explaining it…I am only left to conjecture concerning the probabilities by which it might have been placed in my pocket” (66).

Thus, Justine becomes an inactive, docile victim of circumstance.

The next female character encountered is the young cottager’s daughter Agatha, whom the monster studies.

Agatha’s purpose, as a kind and gentle female, is 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 most moves him in her interactions with her blind father: “Agatha listened with respect, her eyes sometimes filled with tears, which she endeavored to wipe away unperceived” (93).First, Justine’s character is a very passive, seldom vocal character in the novel.She is tossed back and forth between her family and the Frankensteins, until she is ultimately framed for the murder of William Frankenstein.Justine defies the expectations of one wrongfully accused of manslaughter, remaining tranquil and peaceful.In her own words, she explains “God knows how entirely I am innocent.

Tags: , ,