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burning passion

There is an unmistakeable erotic charge to the language of these paragraphs, but it is almost metaphysical in its conception. The Creature suggests that the rage awakened within him, which is fired by his rejection and desperate solitude, can only be slaked by being converted into a psychologically and socially constructive alternative, which is to say love. There are ramifications here as well for the "ardent" pursuits of both Walton and Victor Frankenstein (see 2.8.6 and note).

Although the notion of channeling libidinous forces into socially beneficial relationships might be thought particularly suited to a woman's perspective on modern culture, the conventions of the age kept most women authors from a direct engagement with issues of sexuality and its repression or displacement. A notable exception is Mary Wollstonecraft. Here one senses a true family resemblance.