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Killing for Life

Within the walls of the circular lecture room, the subject lied within the confines of another chamber in her mother’s body, immobile and still but aware. The limbs of her outer layer, her mother, were bound to the table, impeding them from achieving freedom. The heat of the intimidating eye of the lamp hovering above burned through her outer layer and reached her being. This was her first encounter with the infernal conditions of the outside world the conditions of her mother’s body had prevented her from integrating to.

She felt a tremor, more violent than those her mother had produced since being placed on the cold, hard surface. This quaking was accompanied by the sound of voices from the most pits of Hell that streamed into the chamber and flooded the chamber with their unholy cantor and creaking of their chairs. But the greatest disturbance came after the loud close of the chamber doors, as a slow set of steps grew louder as they paced up and down the length of her creator’s body.

“As I, Waldman, have said before, only us men of science can penetrate the recesses of nature and replicate its miracles for the good of all. Because of our knowledge, it becomes our burden to correct the deficiencies and mistakes made by the lesser bodies of this society. This woman’s body has failed to give life to her offspring and, consequently, deprived the world of life also. Thus, I along with professors in the biological sciences have endeavored to give a heartbeat to this babe and bring them into our light.”

A momentary silence was broken by the muffled cries of her mother. The body began to convulse and she shook within it. The shredding of skin began as both were impaled by a straight rod that gushed out a vermilion liquid and filled her being. Her mother’s body began to cave in on her and its activity was halted while she began to grow and take recognizable form. The firsts thuds of her heart we overpowered by the slashing of the now lifeless body that had protected her since conception and whose health she took.

Her body was pulled from the other by a thick hand that presented her to its audience where her eyes saw the death present. Her creator was thrown on the table with her middle cut open, revealing the soaked, shriveled entrails of her deteriorated person. She saw the sea of gray hair and faces that engulfed the cell and gazed on her like a prize. Their eyes oozed at the sight of their success. The sound of their quivering jaws mixed with their muffled gasps and ejaculations of pleasure. Suddenly, all stood erect out of their seats and bestowed a thunder of applause onto the being that lifted her with one triumphant hand. As the elation continued, she was given to a creature with similar form to that of her mother. The being guided her out of the chamber to another room, just as, if not more, constrictive and as the one she had inhabited in her creator for a few months.

Letter to the Reader: 

Dear Reader,

My influence for writing this modern rendition of a scene from Frankenstein, where the Creature characterizes himself as an “abortion,” comes from conservative attitudes on women’s reproductive rights that demonize women and their right to choose. I believe the Monster’s description of himself as an “abortion” that is beaten and battered parallels the mistreatment women currently face in the fight for their right to control their bodies rather than the

Like the Monster’s body, people, especially men who have a lust, both literal and figurative, for gaining power or legislative influence, attempt to control women’s bodies and when they try to take ownership of them and go against the society that oppresses them, they are criminalized and mistreated. Just two weeks ago, for instance, a bill was proposed in Ohio that would give the death penalty to women seeking an abortion. While such attitudes against the choice for abortion aim to protect a possible life, they put the life of the person carrying the matter in danger and pain.

I wanted to bring this often-overlooked issue to this discussion by demonizing the opponent, like the passage from the novel, to demonstrate the harm they cause that could classify them as criminals. Just as the Creature literally raises questions of the purity of other characters, I also question the morality of the male characters trying to save an unborn life by torturing and ultimately killing its mother. I, however, decided to do so by incorporating abundant, descriptive imagery and metaphor of the torture and restriction of female characters to exemplify the severity. To indicate the dehumanization and loss of ownership both the Monster and women for abortion rights face, I utilized a third-person limited narrator. With them, the “she” or fetus character has her experience filtered through someone else’s voice rather than her own. Thus, the experience, like that of the Monster which is recounted through Captain Walton in the package, isn’t truly hers.

I hope my rendition allows you to gain new perspectives on Mary Shelley’s novel and the discourse on women’s reproductive rights present in the United States.

Sincerely,

Wendy Gutierrez

by Amber Loper

Adams inability to speak is very similar to that of an infant and I believe that because he was “born” in the body of a young man, it clouds the scientists views of seeing him as anything but a man with a mental disability. Victor’s wife is able to see that Adam is responding like a baby and despite her plea’s for her husband to acknowledge it, Adam can’t be seen as a valid sentient being. Somehow, Victor must have suspected that by creating Adam in the form of a man he should be able to speak and act like everyone else almost immediately, but because he is like a baby, it is that much easier to abort him in the same way someone would abort a baby from the womb with defects. Adam’s body is much more advanced than a fetus, having been made the way that it was, giving him the benefit of stopping anyone who tried to harm him, the extra strength obviously helped. At this point, though, it is killing a baby that has already been born and living in the world.

 

Frankenstein’s Abortion

I sat on the swing outside on the patio, relaxing in the pale moon-glow2light of the rising moon, trying to forget for a while the horrible events of the day. It was supposed to be a happy day, the happiest day of my life. Seeing your baby for the first time is supposed to be a magical moment where awe and wonder at the fact that you made that should overwhelm you. Instead all I could think about was that my baby girl might be deformed, physically and possibly mentally. The doctors weren’t certain about the exact nature of her deformity, but she was there was a strong probability that she was going to be different. I was having a child without no conception of how she was going to turn out. She might be the kid no one ever played with, she might be rejected everywhere she went simply for her differences. She would not thank me for her creation. How could she ever have a normal life? She might be full of anger and hate, unable to cope with her situation, and lash out at the world.

Years ago I had made this same mistake and my son had never forgiven the fact that I could never love him the way he wanted me to or give him the life he desired. He wanted me to have the baby. My son wanted someone he could call family. He had sworn to help provide for and take care of her, but the child may not be satisfied with this and might still loathe me. He might also be disgusted with her deformity and reject her. Anything could happen! How could I know, how could I go through with this when there was so much risk?

If she ever wanted children, her condition would be passed on, and they too might lead terrible lives. Did I have a right, simply to satisfy my desire for a baby, to curse my daughter and all the generations that come after her to lives of loneliness, rejection and suffering? I trembled to think of how much they would hate me, the source of all their pain, who would selfishly choose my own wants without a care for the effect on my descendants.

I looked inside the house through the window and saw him sitting in front of the fireplace, the light dancing on his face in hellish flames.  He wanted someone to love and love him. I had felt so sorry for him that I had agreed to have the baby. He had persuaded and threatened me, to extract that promise, but now its selfishness  and immorality burst over me. As I looked at him, I realized that though his impassioned words had swayed me before, this was my decision and I couldn’t let fear or a desire to satisfy someone else’s wants make that decision for me. A shudder wracked my body and I felt a shift somewhere within. A strange sensation came over me and in a wild rush I threw open the door and said, “I can’t do it. I can’t bring that in to the world.  I’m not going through with this baby.”

An Interview with the Author of the Wildly Popular ‘Frankenstein’s Abortion’ 

Interviewer: It’s so nice to meet you! Congratulations on making the New York Time Top 100 Bestsellers’ list! How has the ride been?

MK: Oh its been mind-boggling. When I wrote that story I was just re-reading the scene in Frankenstein where he destroys the female creature, and thinking about how the novel portrays men through what takes place when a man tries to usurp the natural order. I tried to turn that on its head and write what Victor was feeling, but seemingly from the point of view of a pregnant woman. I never expected people to like it so much.

Interviewer: Why do you think its become so popular?

MK: I wrote it to show the gender essentialism and gender roles we propagate, and I think it resonated with people because of the large amount of attention that feminism has been receiving recently. When Victor destroys the female creature in the book one feels horror, fear for the monster’s retribution and pity for the Creature. The selfishness of Victor seems to come to the fore and the reader thinks “After coming all the way here, upsetting everybody, postponing his wedding and working for hours” he just decides to destroy her and doom himself. But when I portrayed the same things Victor says, in an almost stylistically identical manner, but giving the impression that the individual is a pregnant woman who has been persuaded to have a baby, this scene elicits pity for the speaker’s situation and anger that someone is coercing her into having the baby, very different from what it inspired in readers when the person in question was a man. I think people are responding to this subtle demonstration of the essentialist views everyone holds and it shows what we need to take steps toward changing.

Interviewer: I notice that you never explicitly say the word ‘pregnant’ or make clear that the speaker is a woman. Is there some reason for that?

MK: I only wanted to give the impression of a female speaker, to show even simply that is enough to make the reader feel sympathetic towards her, as a helpless victim.

Interviewer: Why did you choose to write about abortion specifically? I mean as I understand it, there are numerous examples of feminine essentialism and objectification of the female body in Frankenstein, embodied in Justine and Elizabeth. Why did you choose this scene and this issue?

MK: Abortion has been a major topic of contention recently with numerous new legislature being passed in different states. I wanted to throw some light on that topic too. The tense that this story is written in is the same as the novel’s and it imparts the idea that could be happening at any time, any place and to anyone.

Interviewer: Is there anything else you would like to say?

MK: Well, I just want to mention how ridiculously easy it was to mould this scene in Frankenstein into one of a pregnant woman deciding to abort, and it is almost as if Mary Shelley was talking about abortion too. Victor says “My labour was already considerably advanced… [but I had] forebodings of evil, that made my heart sicken in my bosom”, which is very similar to a woman who is pretty far along in her pregnancy but dreads the prospect of the baby and does not want it anymore.

Interviewer: Thank you so much for coming, I look forward to reading more of your brilliant work.