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“How Can I Move Thee?”

Self identification is a matter in which I have very little authority in. To define oneself as surely based on their emotion is something that eludes me, but which I work harder at everyday in order to understand the Individual. The ways in which Jessica Rae Fisher and Susan Stryker struggle in becoming who they are destined to be demonstrate to me that, despite the animosity thrown their ways from the very communities that should have stood at their sides in camaraderie, inspires within the soul a sense of distress. It must be understood that the use of pronouns and the celebration of using negative terms in resistance plays an important part within the narrative that Fisher tries to make in her blog post “I am Frankenstein’s Monster: An Echo of Susan Stryker’s Call to Action.”

As both Fisher and Stryker find a sense of similarity with Victor Frankenstein’s Creature, it is important to note the use of pronoun that the Creature uses to identify as. Within the novel, there are many instances where the Creature and his creator uses the masculine pronouns he and him to describe the being. There is never an explicit passage within the confines of the novel that say, “And Victor thus created a man in his own imagination” (Despite when Victor describes the features of the Creature on pages 59-60(“His limbs were in proportion […] His yellow skin […] his hair […] his teeth)); it is through the learning that the creature endures soon after his production that he starts to define himself as a man. As Victor chose and picked many of the bones from the charnel-house and gathered many other materials from the dissecting tables and the slaughter-house, there is almost no doubt that the creature could be an amalgamation of many different fleshes from man and woman. When the creature experiences the natural world, he makes discoveries of ecology and society and literature. It is through his understandings that he identifies as man, declaring on page 93 “I ought to be thy Adam” and demanding on page 129 “a creature of another sex” which Victor believes will bear children of a new monstrous race in Africa. The Creature himself shows that he believes to be of a masculine nature, and thus adopts the pronouns that he both has had assigned to him as well as using them to describe himself.

In the case with Fisher using rage to kill with kindness, it is absolutely promoted  that she continue upon the path of most resistance, as she mirrors the plight of the Creature: “If any being felt the emotions of benevolence towards me, I should return them an hundred and an hundred fold; for that one creature’s sake, I would make peace with the whole kind” (page 129)! As both of them are on the journey to become accepted for who they truly are and to finally come into acceptance with those that can share their experience, then they must continue to pursue that dream of the day in which they can finally live in peace with the rest of mankind and not be seen as a Monstrous Creature but as a Living Being.

-Alejandro Joseph Serrano

By Marco Hidalgo

Throughout Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, Victor is not close to his loved ones and he suffers from their death due to the actions of his creation. When victor created the creature he applied his scientific knowledge to make a beautiful creation but turned out to be the opposite of what he expected, he then abandoned the creature and left it isolated on his own. We don’t exactly know why Victor created a male creature in the first place he created the creature to replace his dead mother so why didn’t he create a female creature? Is it probably because he had the mindset of males dominate over anything and that they could well take care of them selfs just like how Jessica Rae Fisher said in her post, I am Frankenstein’s Monster: An echo of Susan Stryker’s call to action “the boys can take care of themselves.” She stated that her father also bullied her and that reflects on how she felt alone and isolated away from anyone just like how the creature felt with how people in the village felt about him when they saw he wasn’t like them. In Frankenstien, the creature asked Victor to create a female creation for him so he won’t feel sad and lonesome, Victor knew how the creature was felling with not having anyone with him so he took his advise and began to create the female creature. Midway with creating the female creature, Victor stopped to think what would happen if he did finish this and explained “children, and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth” (Shelly 144). Victor seemed to not be responsible to create a new race with children so he then distroyed his creation and didn’t fulfill the creature’s request. Before victor was fine with creating the creature but now he doesn’t want to create the female creature? Probably Victor didn’t think about it until the creature wanted to be happy with someone in his life and how victor suffered in his life with the loss of his mother and being isolated to just his studies. Fisher ended her post with “I can want to kill them with kindness, but their vitriol and hatred might wear down on me faster” and this is exactly how the creature was in the novel with wanting someone to love and not some to criticize him because of his appearance. victors-gender

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In both Susan Stryker’s essay and in Jessica Rae Fisher’s response to the essay, they both make connections with Frankenstein and the transgenders. Stryker makes a sense of reclaiming the words “creature” and “monster” as their own. In Fisher’s article, I am Frankenstein’s Monster: An echo of Susan Stryker’s call to action, she agrees with Stryker, “I think we should reclaim the words monster and creature. I think that if the villagers want to see us as unnatural, that we should embrace that.”, once transgenders are able to accept those words they can’t be hurt by them. Transgenders are able to relate to the monster in some kind of way of not being accepted, their rage comes from the same place of feeling lonely, hurt, and alienated.

Fisher’s article is able to connect with the question of what gender is the monster. In the novel it is referred to as “he”, but the monster himself didn’t know what he was because he didn’t fit the looks of the village people. “I had never seen yet a being resemble me, or who claimed any intercourse with me. What was I.”(Shelly 110). In another way you can again relate the monster and transgenders, not knowing their true identity. Still to this day the question of gender identity is popular and it seems now through a deeper analysis in the novel Frankenstein it’s a big question as well.frankenstein-2

Alexuz Bejarano

In Susan Stryker’s essay and Jessica Rae Fisher’s response to Stryker’s essay, they make a strong connection between transgender people and Frankenstein’s monster. Initially, it may not appear that there are many similarities between transgenders and the monster, until we analyze the ways in which they are isolated and rejected from communities in which they wish to belong to and their rage as a result. Jessica expresses that as a transgender person, “The villagers refuse to accept us. We remain no more than monsters.” Stryker too, voices her feelings on her issues of gender and sexuality in saying, “I can never be a woman like other women, but I could never be a man. Maybe there really is no place for me in all creation” (246). Through this we can see both Frankenstein’s creature and the transgender people are forced to be labeled as “monsters” because of their struggles to fit in with societal and gender norms and as a result, their rage. The creature explains, “my feelings were those of rage and revenge” (121), and Stryker responds to this in saying, “May your rage inform your actions, and your actions transform you as you struggle to transform your world” (254).

In the novel, the creature explains to Frankenstein its initial confusion of its identity saying, “It is with considerable difficulty that I remember the original era of my being: all the events of that period appear confused and indistinct” (95). The creature further expresses his confusion saying, “I had never yet seen a being resembling me, or who claimed any intercourse with me. What was I?” (110). Through this we can see the many ways in which the creature relates to the transgender community. It is then left for us to wonder why might Frankenstein have created his creature as such? Perhaps it was Victor’s own personal issues with his sexual identity. While the creature was never explicitly said to be a male, as Frankenstein encounters his creation in Mont Blanc, he says, “He bounded over the crevices in the ice, among which I had walked with caution; his stature, also, as he approached, seemed to exceed that of a man” (92), referring to the creature with male pronouns he/his, but how would we know for sure if the creature is a male, female, or non-binary? There is no way to know for sure, which would then suggest Jessica’s thoughts on the use of neo-pronouns because it differs from what is usual or normal, encouraging them to embrace who transgender people and Frankenstein’s creature are as monsters.

-Serena Ya

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Jessica Rae Fisher explores transgender community and establishes connection within Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. All three, Victor, Fillisa Vistma and the creature were all forms of outcasts in their community due to self-nature. Victor never received the approval of his father for the experiments he wanted to conduct, Vistma was tormented by society and her father as well, which helps connect her with Victor Frankenstein. The creature was always made an outcast and never given a chance to let anyone know him before they ran off by judging him.

Victor demolished his creation of a female creature to give to the male creature because he truly believed that if he were to do so the creatures would crave to have “children, and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth” (Shelley 144). Victor is envious of the fact that women can conceive children and he cannot. Since he cannot he will not be the main producer which frightens him. This longing Victor has to conceive a child hints at his longing to become a woman.

Victor was more hurt and demonstrated more of an emotional loss about the death of his best friend, Henry than he did his wife Elizabeth, which may suggest that there was more than just a friendship between him and Henry. With the suggestion made, it could lead to the assumption that Victor wanted to become a woman in order to be with Henry as more than a friend. Victor being obsessed with beauty and the isolation of the creature for not being beautiful resembles Susan Stryker’s article because in it she talks about how being a transgender woman made the community an unwelcoming one.

“The transsexual body is an unnatural body… it is the flesh torn apart and sewn together again in a shape other than in which it was born” (Stryker 1). This quote is a direct resemblance as to how the creature was created, Victor “collected the instruments of life around [him], [and] that [he] might infuse a spark of being into lifeless thing[s] that lay at [his] feet” (Shelley 59).

-Alina Cantero