Frankenstein: Social Isolation Essay

620 Words May 25th, 2013 3 Pages
Frankenstein: Social Isolation
25% of Americans say they have no meaningful social support at all, not a single person they can confide in. As a consequence, over half of all Americans have no close confidants or friends outside their immediate family. The situation today is much worse today than it was when similar information was gathered in 1985. Mary Shelley’s monster is intelligent and philosophical and he often thinks at great length about the nature of his own being. "God in pity made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours." (Shelley 154) When the creature describes his process of discovery describing how he learned both the spoken and written language from eavesdropping on the
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Some modern sociologists suggest this absence may be the best example of anti-social behavior. Little boys who grew up without the benefits of a father figure are more likely to fault their own paternal responsibilities, leaving many generations of fatherless sons who end up on the wrong side of the law. Evidence shows that social isolation is common among men who grew up with absentee dads. Sigmund Freud, known as the founding father of psychoanalysis famously suggested that we all secretly want to kill our old man. The did monster seek to destroy his father, not out of an Oedipal Complex "Oedipus complex denotes the emotions and ideas that the mind keeps in the unconscious, via dynamic repression, that concentrates upon a child's desire to sexually possess the parent of the opposite sex. e.g. males attracted to their mothers, whereas females are attracted to their fathers" (Wikipedia) lust for his mother (because he had none), but there was a sexual aspect to the monster’s psychosis. "I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me, but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me." (Shelley 171) Frankenstein had even begun to create a female companion for his creation, but then he destroys her, denying the monster’s sexual gratification, and bringing the father/son hostility

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