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Frankenstein - the role of Safie in the novel.

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Q.CRITICALLY ANALYSE THE ROLE OF SAFIE. "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster" -Friedrich Nietzsche Written in 1816, when the writer M.Shelley was just nineteen her novel "Frankenstein", a Sui Generis dramatized the potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. M.Shelley merges many forms of writing- the memoir, the journal, the letter novel, the picaresque to produce themes as romantic myth making, the gothic project, contemprory history and politics and the discourse of gender. In the novel, one also witnesses two families working on opposite set of ideologies. On the one hand, where Frankenstein's family represents vision pattern of political inequality and injustice, the De Lacey family represents vision of a social group based on justice, equality and mutual affection. ...read more.

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Moreover, when the readers are first introduced to Safie ,the description of her as a "lady dressed in a dark suit covered with a thick black veil" makes one aware of a culture very different from the west. It is for this that critic Kornisaruk goes to the extent of calling Safie as being "oriental". Hence, echoing Edward Said's theory of the orientalism as now one witness's construction of Safie as the "Other". M.shelley at the same time is quick to shift her stance of Turkey-the east, established in reader's mind as a place which culturally occupies a lower place in hierarchy. This is because she now portrays the product of east-Safie in a positive light. ...read more.

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It is because of her alternative role model identity that well renouned critic Rubinstein decides to call her "subtly androgynous" combining the standard feminine "angelic beauty" with a masculine energy. Yet, the author decides the disappearance of Safie and De Lacey's family giving them little involvement in the plot. Thus, establishing that such characters had no or little place in the harsh world of 19th century Europe experienced by M.Shelley. Therefore, justifying the novel as a realistic fiction. Finally, one can conclude, it is from her own mother that Safie learns "to aspire to higher powers of intellect and an independence of spirit".So, flouting her father's "tyrannical mandate" against marrying Felix.Indeed, it's for this that critic A.K. Mellor notes Safie as "the incarnation of M.Wollstonecraft in the novel". ...read more.

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