Frankenstein - the role of Safie in the novel.

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“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. The structure of De lacey’s family constitutes M.Shelley’s ideal, an ideal derived from her mother’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”. Infact, it is the character of Safie, the beloved of Felix De Lacey which best exemplifies to it which shall be discussed in the following paragraphs.

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                             Safie, the daughter of the Turkish merchant is appalled by her father’s betrayal of Felix and by the Islamic oppression of women he endorses. Therefore, she decides to escape from the clutches of her father and flees from Turkey to Switzerland, seeking Felix. This incidence gives a sense of M.shelley’s oblique reference of looking at Turkey within the dimensions of the “east”. 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. ...

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