In “My Words To Victor Frankenstein Above The Village Of Chamounix: Performing Transgender Rage” by Susan Stryker, she describes how she can relate to the creature in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. She goes into depth about her own life and struggles she has faced. Stryker says that terms like dyke, queer, fag or slut should be reclaimed by the people being called these names. Jessica Rae Fisher, a transgender woman writes her response to Stryker’s work in “I am Frankenstein’s Monster: An echo of Susan Stryker’s call to action” and agrees with what Stryker has to say and also feels like the creature. She agrees with reclaiming all the terms Stryker uses and wants to add monster and creature to be reclaimed as well.

Not being able to feel comfortable in one’s own body is a struggle we see from the creature of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The creature discovers that he does not look the the rest of society, but he knows that deep down inside he is a normal person like anyone else. His appearance does not define who he is. Most transgender people can relate to the creature for this reason because they are also unhappy with the bodies they were born with. Some transgender people are lucky enough that they can afford surgery to make their physical body parts reflect how they truly feel. Society has a hard time accepting people who looked/are different from the “norm”, that is why the creature was isolated most of his life because people were afraid of him and labeled him as a monster. Transgender people have a hard time coming out because it can push the people they care about out of their life because they don’t understand. We see this when Victor abandons the creature when it is brought to life, Victor leaves the creature when he needed him the most. This is the same case with some transgender people when they are transitioning, the people they need the most leave them and don’t support them.

Transgender rage is “when the inability to foreclose the subject occurs through a failure to satisy norms of gendered embodiment” (Stryker, 249). This is not bad thing because we see the creature have rage toward Victor for leaving him and making him face the world by himself. The creature’s rage was logical and he had every right to have this. Not being able to fit into society’s norms can be challenging but once you find yourself and know who you truly are society’s norms do not matter anymore because they are a social construct anyways. Society wants to put us all in a box to act/look the same, when we’re all different, “it isn’t our responsibility to make the villagers understand or accept us, and maybe, in fact, we can’t” (Fisher) . We can’t satisfy everyone, so we might as well just satisfy ourselves and put ourselves first.

-Marycarmen Nieto