Symbolism Of Abjection In Frankenstein

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Throughout this article Hsu uses Julia Kristeva’s definition of what she defines as the abject to explicate the symbolic meaning behind Frankenstein’s monster, which by its application asserts that the monster aggregates all forms of abjection. Hsu coincides with this notion by pointing out that it is by the monster’s constant rejection from society by its appearance that signifies it as being something that disrupts order (that of a societal one) and thus is what causes a sense of horror in both the reader and in Victor Frankenstein. Furthermore, it is Victor’s feelings of both obsession and repugnance towards the labors he undertakes to create this monster that expresses the abject being used ambivalently. Likewise, it is due to the monster

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