Welcome bloggers to Creeping it Real! Today, I’m interested in talking about Victor’s relationship with Elizabeth and the role she plays in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
While Victor is clearly more devoted to his work, he and Elizabeth have been close for quite some time. Since Elizabeth was adopted, Victor has been a very important person in her life. Even after abandoning his family and friends, Elizabeth asks Victor to accompany her to speak with Justine. She still cares for him after he isolates himself. As Victor becomes more and more consumed by his work, his other relationships become less and less important to him. He isolates himself and becomes too focused on mastering the re-creation of life and leaves his own behind. Victor has a tendency to abandon the things that were once important to him; Once his creation finally comes to life, he abandons it just as he does his family.
Elizabeth was an orphaned child rescued from a family in Italy and adopted by the Frankenstein family. She is described as “fairer than pictured cherub” (p. 34). She is the ideal sister, cousin and future wife to Victor, and not much more. She was given no choice in who she could love or marry; While Caroline was dying Elizabeth was told that “my firmest hopes of future happiness were placed on the prospect of your union (to Victor)” (p.42). Elizabeth’s physical features are more described than who she really was. She was also very passive and the only person capable of bringing joy to Victor by marrying him.
While there are many female characters in this novel, it seems that they are just used to further the plot for the male characters rather than having a story of their own. Elizabeth, for example, is just the future wife to Victor. While their relationship does seem strong, it looks like he cares much more for his work than the girl who cares for him dearly. I hope as I continue to read that I will see women gain more of a main role in this story. Stay tuned for my next post, bloggers! I’ll be continuing our new theme Frankenstein. See you next week!
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“Elizabeth Lavenza – The Women of Frankenstein.” Google Sites, sites.google.com/site/jasminafrankenstein/the-women/elizabeth-lavenza. Date Accessed: Apr. 29 2019.
“Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’: Role of Women.” YouTube, YouTube, 31 Oct. 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCeicwhTeYI. Date Accessed: Apr. 29 2019.