Ideology In Modern Society In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley presented Victor and the “creature” in the fact that Victor wanted to experimented the creation of life. What drives Victor to make this kind of decision was the desired feeling the gratitude of the creature he created. Also Mary Shelley in her novel show what does a monster teaches and the reason why a monster endure in our life. In Frankenstein the group oppressed which is women, feminist in one of the main topic presented in Mary Shelley’s novel.
In the novel Frankenstein the monster teaches how to overcome human vulnerability and human inner and outer fear. Imagination help a human being practice how to face a powerful and unstoppable force. Collings argued in his article “The Monster
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Mary Shelley in her novel Frankenstein show how the ideology worked in the modern societies. Victor was the innocent and helpless child in the Frankenstein family. However, Victor’s parents were good parents and pay their gratitude to heaven. Victor want to create a child of his own and be how his father was with him. Nevertheless, Victor was a bad father, because he abandon his creature, when he start killing innocent people. . In the article “Cooped Up” with “Sad Trash”: Domesticity and the Sciences in Frankenstein” by Smith, she stated, “The creature is Victor’s ‘own spirit’—the bad son lurking within the good son.” Which Collings make a comparison between Alphonse good father, rising good child and Victor as a bad father, rising bad child. David Collings argues in his article “The Monster and the Maternal Thing: Mary Shelley’s Critique of Ideology” “In effect the son gives up the physical mother and desires a figurative representation of her, a substitute for her in the realm of language or social relations” (Collings, 325). What he is trying to say is that Victor create the monster as a figurative representation of his dead mother since she was a good mother and …show more content…
The monster concept still present in modern society and it a permanent player in our imagination, because human vulnerability is permanent as well. However in Frankenstein the monster endure in Victor imagination because he want to be a good father just like his dad was. According to Freud, “All of us have repressed wishes and fears; we all have dreams in which repressed feelings and memories emerge disguised, and thus we are a potential candidates for dream analysis. One of the unconscious desires most commonly repressed is the childhood wish to displace the parent of our own sex and take his or her place in affection of the parent of the opposite sex” (Psychoanalytic criticism, 302). Victor admires his father so much, that he wanted to be like him, this is why he create the monster. “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me. No father could claim the gratitude of his child so completely as I should deserve theirs.” (Shelley, 57). Victor was feeling enthusiastic about the project he was about to do. He pretended that the monster was his child and that he would deserve his gratitude. However, when he finish his work he thought it was beautiful, but then he was afraid of him. In Frankenstein Shelly stated “No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first

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