Explain: “By stealing the female’s control over reproduction Frankenstein has eliminated the female’s primary biological function and source of cultural power” (1).
What evidence does Mellor provide to support her claim that “Frankenstein’s implicit goal” is “creating a society for men only” (1)?
In what ways is it true that Caroline Beaufort “incarnates a patriarchal ideal of female self-sacrifice” (3)?
How is it true that “women cannot function effectively in the public realm” (3)?
How is the De Lacey family “an alternative social organization” (4)? How are they “a social group based on justice, equality, and mutual affection” (4-5)?
How is Frankenstein “Mary Shelley’s political critique of a society founded on the unequal distribution of power and possessions” (4)?
How does this critique contain “the suggestion that the separation from the public realm of feminine affections and compassion has caused much of this social evil” (4)?
According to Mellor, what causes Victor to end creation of the female?
What, according to Mellor, is Victor’s “most profound erotic desire” (8)? How is this different from what she considers Victor’s “most potent desire” (10)?
Explain: “Mary Shelley envisions Nature as a sacred life-force in which human beings ought to participate in conscious harmony” (12).