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Elizabeth Lavenza

No critic has ever traced a protoype of the Lavenza surname, which is, in any event, a highly uncommon one. More immediately problematic to the reader, however, is the figurative imagery elaborated in this paragraph, which in its comparisons to an insect, a bird, and a pet animal, implicitly dehumanizes Elizabeth. It is possible, though the textual support is equivocal, that Mary Shelley intends this diction to be less laudatory of Elizabeth than self-referential, in terms of his facile sexism, of Victor's character.