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Kofi18
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Would anyone be able to give me a lengthy list of comparisons for the Handmaid's Tale and Frankenstein... We are comparing them for our exams and the paper is about science and society.... there are comparisons but they are not entirely obvious
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Form and structure
Both are impersonal; Frankenstein is a story passed from narrator to narrator and Handmaid's has untraceable origins
Both are told by another; Walton tells Frankenstein's story and Piexoto tells Offred's story
Do both work as a raissoneur? (a spokeseperson, normally the main character, in a novel who voices the author's opinions)

Alienation and isolation
The monster was shunned and alienated by society, Offred was also shunned by society (for example, the econowives look down on her)

Creation
Frankenstein creates against the will of God, removing the need for a female, however in Handmaid's, they use God as an excuse for their equally unnatural reproduction

Religious beliefs and values
The role of women in Frankenstein was to be married, however in Handmaid's women are encouraged to have sex outside of marriage; this links to their opposing views on religion.
Perhaps a response to religion at the time? - the Religious Right in 80s America and the strongly Christian society of the 1800s?

Society and justice
Both novels lack justice; neither Jeanine or Frankenstein get justice for what they have lost, Justine was killed unfairly just as the abortion doctors were
Justice is placed in the hands of the narrators in both novels; Offred at the Salvaging and Frankenstein when he finally catches up with the monster

Morality, immorality and amorality
Could be said that all novels have a central theme on morality; the morality of treating women as "two-legged wombs" in Handmaid's and the morality of creating a creature through unnatural methods for personal gains

Procreation and reproduction
Both remove love and connection from the reproductive process; using the Ceremony in Handmaid's and the lack of a female in the creation of the monster in Frankenstein

Family
Both novels present women in a traditional domestic role
Family is a strong component in Frankenstein; he is constantly writing letters to his family and they are his main focus as he attempts to protect them, however in Handmaid's the family is missing - Offred's family was taken from her

Female gender and identity
In Frankenstein, the women have no choice in their future - Elizabeth is destined to marry Victor and the Creature demands a mate, assuming she will simply follow him wherever he wants to go (there's a great quote for this but I can't find it :/)
Offred's real name is never revealed; demonstrates her position in society, similarly, Elizabeth is never given an opinion

Sexuality and violation
Themes of homosexuality - it could be interpreted that Frankenstein is homosexual (or at least bisexual) and that is why he is reluctant to marry Elizabeth, Moira is also a lesbian but her sexuality is denied by society, just as Frankenstein's is - is this a reaction to attitudes to homosexuality at the time of publication?
Obviously violation is a key theme in Handmaid's as Offred is systematically "raped", however I'm struggling for a comparison in Frankenstein?

Settings
Frankenstein uses a range of well known settings, constantly on the move, from Geneva to the Orkney Islands to the Pole, however Handmaid's has an incredibly limited range of settings
Havard University in Handmaid's - a recognisable location; a place for learning and for the sciences, ironic considering Offred cannot learn and the condemnation of science in Gilead?

Narrators
Male in Frankenstein, female in Handmaid's - differences in their interpretations of the world, however both have female authors; how could that influence the narrators?
Multiple narrators in Frankenstein with a framed narrative, however only two in Handmaid's



This is so bare bones its laughable but here's a starting point to continue on making your own comparisons and interpretations - good luck!!
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(Original post by Merlinnn)
Form and structure
Both are impersonal; Frankenstein is a story passed from narrator to narrator and Handmaid's has untraceable origins
Both are told by another; Walton tells Frankenstein's story and Piexoto tells Offred's story
Do both work as a raissoneur? (a spokeseperson, normally the main character, in a novel who voices the author's opinions)

Alienation and isolation
The monster was shunned and alienated by society, Offred was also shunned by society (for example, the econowives look down on her)

Creation
Frankenstein creates against the will of God, removing the need for a female, however in Handmaid's, they use God as an excuse for their equally unnatural reproduction

Religious beliefs and values
The role of women in Frankenstein was to be married, however in Handmaid's women are encouraged to have sex outside of marriage; this links to their opposing views on religion.
Perhaps a response to religion at the time? - the Religious Right in 80s America and the strongly Christian society of the 1800s?

Society and justice
Both novels lack justice; neither Jeanine or Frankenstein get justice for what they have lost, Justine was killed unfairly just as the abortion doctors were
Justice is placed in the hands of the narrators in both novels; Offred at the Salvaging and Frankenstein when he finally catches up with the monster

Morality, immorality and amorality
Could be said that all novels have a central theme on morality; the morality of treating women as "two-legged wombs" in Handmaid's and the morality of creating a creature through unnatural methods for personal gains

Procreation and reproduction
Both remove love and connection from the reproductive process; using the Ceremony in Handmaid's and the lack of a female in the creation of the monster in Frankenstein

Family
Both novels present women in a traditional domestic role
Family is a strong component in Frankenstein; he is constantly writing letters to his family and they are his main focus as he attempts to protect them, however in Handmaid's the family is missing - Offred's family was taken from her

Female gender and identity
In Frankenstein, the women have no choice in their future - Elizabeth is destined to marry Victor and the Creature demands a mate, assuming she will simply follow him wherever he wants to go (there's a great quote for this but I can't find it :/)
Offred's real name is never revealed; demonstrates her position in society, similarly, Elizabeth is never given an opinion

Sexuality and violation
Themes of homosexuality - it could be interpreted that Frankenstein is homosexual (or at least bisexual) and that is why he is reluctant to marry Elizabeth, Moira is also a lesbian but her sexuality is denied by society, just as Frankenstein's is - is this a reaction to attitudes to homosexuality at the time of publication?
Obviously violation is a key theme in Handmaid's as Offred is systematically "raped", however I'm struggling for a comparison in Frankenstein?

Settings
Frankenstein uses a range of well known settings, constantly on the move, from Geneva to the Orkney Islands to the Pole, however Handmaid's has an incredibly limited range of settings
Havard University in Handmaid's - a recognisable location; a place for learning and for the sciences, ironic considering Offred cannot learn and the condemnation of science in Gilead?

Narrators
Male in Frankenstein, female in Handmaid's - differences in their interpretations of the world, however both have female authors; how could that influence the narrators?
Multiple narrators in Frankenstein with a framed narrative, however only two in Handmaid's



This is so bare bones its laughable but here's a starting point to continue on making your own comparisons and interpretations - good luck!!

Thankyou very much... Much appreciated... This will help me so much... I'll find the quote that you were talking about... I think the environment might come up
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