Literary Analysis Of Frankenstein

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Janae Eaton
Mrs. Shelley Wisener
English 2321: Frankenstein Analysis Essay
2 October 2017
The Unconscious, the Desires, and the Defenses Frankenstein has a central theme of creation, specifically that of other life. The mythological story of Prometheus as well as the story told in Genesis are primarily focused on creation and the aftermath of the formation of new beings. The three pieces of literature connect in this way which is crucial to their meaning. They also connect by the criticism The Unconscious, the Desires, and the Defenses developed by Freud. In Mary Shelley’s book titled Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus she describes how Victor Frankenstein formed life and the consequences of his actions. Initially, Victor was proud of
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This is written in Genesis chapter 3 verse 23 which says, “So the Lord God banished them from the garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made” (Genesis). Similarly to Genesis, the creature Frankenstein created also was banished and forced to survive in his own. This, however, backfired for Victor and he eventually became the one running away from the monster (Shelley 149). The monster in Frankenstein had a request for a woman of his kind from Victor since society judged him and he was isolated from the world. He desired someone like himself in order to have someone to relate to (Shelley 129). Although at first Victor agreed, he later changed his mind. This filled the monster with rage motivating him to take all sources of happiness away from his creator in order for Frankenstein to feel as low as he felt. While Victor lived in fear of his creation, Adam and Eve were given protection and love by their creator because they still respected Him. The foul description and hateful comments Victor and his creature made towards one another destroy any respect possible between them which creates the desire for revenge in both individuals. Victor’s only goal once Elizabeth and his father died was to kill the creature in return for him taking everyone he ever loved away. In chapter 24, Victor is consumed with rage towards the creature and says, “And by thee, O Night, and the spirits that preside over thee, to pursue the daemon who caused this misery until he or I shall perish in mortal conflict. For this purpose I will preserve my life: to execute this dear revenge will I again behold the sun and tread the green herbage of earth, which otherwise should vanish from my eyes forever” (Shelley 178-179). Victor explains during this time how the rest of his life will be dedicated to killing the

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