Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as well as many other novels/stories critique the postcolonial conditions of our world towards “others.” The creature represents those that are considered different or “others” in a white dominant, capitalist society. In the novel, Safie, the daughter of a Muslim Turkish merchant just wants to feel welcomed, loved, and accepted. Her and the creature very much so have that in common. They also have plenty in common in regards to her father being similar to Victor as well. When forbidden to be with Felix, she and her father have a slight strain in their relationship which also relates to the creature and his relationship with Victor as they are both the father figures for these characters.

The creature embodies immigrants in any country. Lost, confused, unwelcome. Safie traveled to Germany and was an outcast and had to live in hiding. The creature, on the other hand, does not belong in any country and is not a citizen of any society. He cannot wander from places and has to constantly live his life in fear. If he had been a citizen anywhere, I doubt the creature would still fit in due to his appearance. When the creature runs away from Victor, he travels far east to a place that is cold and desolate. The one place he could feel at home. The creature is a slave to Victor as he is his master by controlling his life and such. The creature could easily resemble a slave who was brought to the Western world.

The creature as well as Zainab and Safie shed light on issues of immigration, ethnicity, and foreignness, which are all things these characters and Zainab struggle with. I connected to these stories as an immigrant myself from Somali as I escaped the war with my mother and sisters. Education plays a pivotal role in my life much like Zainab because without it, I probably would not be here. Living in this society as a black, female, Muslim is difficult which is why I relate so much to these characters and their narratives. I no longer wear the head scarf because of my fear of being spit on, hit, and etc like I have been in the past.

-Rahma Kohin