Essay on Literary Criticism Of Mary Shelly 's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein has many elements that can be explored beyond the given, and this leads us into a point at which we must be cautious of the border between what Shelly actually intended to convey with the text, and what we form in our minds with our own subjective opinions that might contradict what the author meant in reality. Various forms of criticisms can be applied to weave through assumptions within the phrases of the book and underlying contexts, and although they might be theories rather than factual analysis, basing them on evidence and previous knowledge would create a valid idea. After reading several journals and examining a number of branches of psychoanalysis, I chose psychological criticism to elaborate on in this essay. Among the many motifs, relationships, and themes in Frankenstein, several could be supported by Freudian, Lacanian, and Jungian concepts and criticisms. Several significant relationships form around Victor Frankenstein throughout his life up to the point of creating the creature and beyond. However, the most memorable and psychologically meaningful relationship would be the one that he had with the creature itself. Since Victor is the ultimate creator of the creature’s existence, they are perpetually bounded by an irreversible link of responsibilities. Essentially, Victor could be considered a “maternal” figure of the creature, or at the very least, the one bound to carry the maternal tasks and functions. Eleanor Salotto makes a…

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