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In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein creates a monster that kills everyone close to him after he abandons it. After Frankenstein abandons the monster, it searches for a place to live but is scared off by people appalled by its looks and size. He is able to hide in the De Lacey’s house, from which he learns language and human history. After seeing how happy the De Laceys were, the monster realizes he wants a family like that for himself and decides to get revenge on Frankenstein for abandoning him. When the monster goes searching for Frankenstein, he comes across Frankenstein’s younger brother William and kills him out of anger. When he finds Frankenstein, he tells his story and demands a female counterpart so he will not be lonely anymore. Frankenstein agrees, later destroying his new creation in doubt of the monsters promise to move away and live peacefully. After Frankenstein breaks his agreement with the monster, the monster kills his new wife Elizabeth on their wedding night. In fact, Shelley is making a political statement about men and women, conveying that men should treat women as equals and not try to control them, just as science should not try to control nature. Shelley uses science and nature to compare the relationship between men and women. Frankenstein violates the natural order of procreation with his creation of the monster, and he is punished by nature for it. Shelley depicts the monster as human, as he was made by science but wants to participate in the natural order. Frankenstein recognizes that men cannot control women, as they are autonomous. Shelley restores the proper order of procreation when Frankenstein is punished by nature for creating the monster. Shelley conveys her political statement that men should treat women equally through the relationship between science and nature.     Shelley uses the relationship between science and nature to convey her thoughts about men and women. Shelley portrays the relationship between science and nature as a balance, as when Frankenstein breaks the balance and creates a new being without natures consent, he is punished and everyone around him is killed. She also conveys science as masculine and nature as feminine as science attempts to control nature but is punished. When Frankenstein is speaking to Walton in the ship about his life, he discusses his pursuit of knowledge. Frankenstein states “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, then he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow”(Shelley 31). This conveys Frankenstein’s regret for creating the monster and disrupting the balance between science and nature. For trying to control nature he was punished and he realizes that all knowledge is good. Shelley’s depiction of science as masculine and nature as feminine conveys that just as science cannot control nature, men cannot control women. Shelley uses nature and science to convey her political statement that men should treat women as equals.      Shelley uses Frankenstein’s violation of the natural order to convey her thoughts on men and women. Frankenstein violates the natural order when he creates the monster, and when he cuts himself off from nature and Elizabeth. After Frankenstein creates the monster, he falls ill, ignoring Elizabeth, his future wife, until the spring. While he is ill she writes to him worried about his sickness, but he does not write back(Shelley 40-43). His ignoring of a woman close to him conveys that he does not treat women as equals and more as tools of procreation. This along with the creation of the monster without the consent of nature lead to him being punished by nature. Shelley decides to punish him to convey that not having women’s consent and not treating women as equals is wrong. Shelley uses the creation of the monster and Elizabeth to portray her political statement that men should treat women as equals.    Shelley depicts the monster as human to convey her political statement that men should treat women as equals. The monster is depicted as human as he is self-conscious, is reasonable, and wants love and affection. He is also depicted as human as he wants a companion and a family and shows remorse when Frankenstein dies. When the monster stays with the De Laceys, he learns human language and culture and realizes he wants a companion and a family. When demanding that Frankenstein create a female companion for him, the monster states “I shall feel the affections of a sensitive being, and become linked to the chain of existence and events from which I am now excluded”(Shelley 106). This conveys that the monster wants to be linked to the “chain of existence” which means that he wants to have kids and that he shall finally be cared for by another person and be able to do things he was not able to before. As the monster very much desires a female companion to care for and because he refers to her as “sensitive”, it portrays that he thinks of women as equals. Shelley uses the monster as an example of how men should treat women, as he desires an equal for which he can care for. The monster conveys Shelley’s political statement that men should treat women as equals.     Shelley uses Frankenstein’s realization that men cannot control women, as they are autonomous, to convey her political statement that men should treat women as equals. Frankenstein realizes that women are autonomous when he contemplates creating a female companion for the monster. After the monster asks Frankenstein to make a female companion for him, Frankenstein does not realize the mistake he made the first time by violating nature and contemplates what he is going to do. While making the female companion, he realizes the female will be uncontrollable and may not obey the promises set by the monster, so he throws away the body(Shelley 121). This conveys that Frankenstein thought he could use science to gain control over the female companion but later realized that she would be autonomous and unable to be controlled. This conveys that just as science cannot control nature, men cannot control women.Shelley uses this to portray that just like men, women have free will and should be able to make their own choices and be treated as equals by men. Shelley uses Frankenstein and the female monster to convey her political statement that men should treat women as equals and not try to control them. Shelley restores the proper order of procreation when Frankenstein is punished by nature. The monster punishes Frankenstein by doing to Frankenstein what he did to the monster. Just as Frankenstein cut the monster off from the chain of existence by disposing of the female companion, the monster cut Frankenstein off by killing his new wife Elizabeth on their wedding night. After killing Elizabeth on her wedding night, the monster “… pointed towards the corpse of my wife”(Shelley 145) and smiled. This conveys that the monster knew what it was doing and was doing it to get revenge on Frankenstein. The monster kills Elizabeth to punish Frankenstein on behalf of nature for creating a being without consent. Now that the monster and Frankenstein are cut off from the chain of existence, they are both unable to have kids so the ability to bring people back to life dies with Frankenstein, restoring the natural order of procreation. This conveys how men should treat women equally because Frankenstein thought he could create a being without a woman, but he was punished for doing so. Through Frankenstein and the monster, Shelley’s political statement that men should treat women as equals is conveyed.

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