Safie arrived from Constantinople
Although Mary Shelley puts no
extra emphasis on this point, still it is
significant that Safie, a woman with ambition and a mind of her own, is up
to this point the best-traveled figure in the novel. On some level of
consciousness Mary Shelley must be aware of her implicit links to Cythna,
the liberated feminist heroine of Percy Shelley's contemporary Revolt of Islam, published
simultaneously with Frankenstein in 1818.