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Parasha: Frankenstein March 21st reading


Hrm, I seem to have mislaid my book last night, so I don't have it to refer to at the moment.

Anyhow, more wibbling from Frankenstein this time around. Things are somewhat settled re: his precious sister/fiancee (lots of matchmakers in the family, and I do dearly hope someone's asked her opinion in this matter!), and he's off to England with Clavel.

Yeah, that's not FOREBODING there at the end, what with the statement that Clavel is dead dead dead, and somehow I doubt it's in a freak boating accident on the Thames, you know?

Also, when the monster's hovering and watching and waiting for him to create his mate with threats of Dire Repercussions if it's not done, anyone else think it's a spectacularly bad idea to go off to another country without even trying to communicate "oh hey, I'm doing this for the science and to go about your business, not to try to flee you"? Anyone? No?

I'm also not sure why it's so vastly important that he goes to get this new learnin', since he's already succeeded in creating life once, but whatever. I can buy that it's mostly to get him away from his friends and family when he goes back into Mad Scientist Mode, at least.

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
So, it suddenly dawns on me what Shelley's been on about for the last, I dunno, 18 chapters with the Elizabeth thing: It's another arranged marriage that no one seems to have bothered asking the woman about. There's a certain element of not taking Victor's feelings into account, either, but I think he's generally looking forward to it even if he can't do it right now due to the whole Bride of Monster thing.

Given Shelley's life, I am sure that is not an accident. First, her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, the famous feminist. Second, she most certainly and firmly made her own decision on marriage: She eloped.
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stormfeather
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
I wondered!
stormfeather
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
I like to think that it's just a matter of her having been asked her opinion, but it just not being shown because it's not important to the story. But I really don't know! Especially with all the other assumptions of how various hypothetical women will feel, within the story!
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