Frankenstein is a prime example of Freud 's theory of the subconscious being divided into three parts. After analyzing Victor Frankenstein and his creation, it obvious that they both have an unbalanced subconscious. At the start of the novel, Frankenstein’s id was more prominent, and after he realized what he’d created, his superego took over with his sense of guilt. The creature on the other hand primarily follows his id, and doesn’t feel guilty of what he’s done. Despite their hatred for one another, Frankenstein and the monster are very much the same.
Mary Shelley uses Frankenstein's rationalizations to show how his ego seeks to protect itself. Shelley focuses on how Frankenstein's ego gives Frankenstein a warped sense of reality. This warped sense of reality is first seen when Frankenstein decides to go from having little scientific experience to creating life from nothing. His ego forces him to labor with rot and the dead to achieve a mythical status as first and lone creator of life, further blinding him to the horror of his creation. As the novel progresses, Shelley uses ego to once again rationalize Frankenstein's actions.
After analyzing Victor Frankenstein and his creation, it obvious that they both have an unbalanced subconscious. At the start of the novel, Frankenstein’s id was more prominent, and after he realized what he’d created, his superego took over with his sense of guilt. The creature on the other hand, primarily follows his id, and doesn’t feel guilty of what he’s done. Despite their hatred for one another, Frankenstein and the monster are very much the same. The monster is a product of Frankenstein; “Creator and created” (Hennessy).
Some could say Victor got punished from intermixing nature and science, but we have to look through Victor’s perspective. Victor Frankenstein was just a man who loved science and it was his passion. Everyone has a passion and science was his. Sometimes our passions can make us do things we know we should not do. Victor did exactly that by going too far with his passion making the Creature.
While he, too, was emotionally neglected by his parents, he left the creature to a similar fate by choosing to abandon it. His desire for God-like abilities only served to increase the extreme effects of his actions. The central motivation for Frankenstein’s efforts in the novel Frankenstein was greed. He desires were focused solely upon bettering himself in many facets of his life. The first example of this presented in the piece was improving his status in society.
The creature’s understanding of justice and it’s revenge against Victor is the driving force of the story because it builds up the anticipation the reader has for the final confrontation. The creature’s mental knowledge is very small-minded and intolerant, causing his understanding of justice to be exceedingly narrow. The monster’s isolation from society is forced by its fate. Nobody could with handle the hideous looks given by the creature 's appearance, this made it nearly impossible for the creature to have any interaction with any sort of human. To illustrate, the creation said while reciting his tale to Victor “And what was I?
He had betrayed frankenstein in the part that the monster had turned evil and wanted something back in return for all the pain and suffering the monster has had. He was really hoping that making the monster would help more discoveries. He is an innocent being called a villain.”Frankenstein I’m astounded. This is the greatest discovery of the age! A wonderful piece of work!”.
This abuse is undeserved as the creature proves himself to be a capable and very intelligent contradicting the stereotypes made against him. Eventually, the stereotypes made by society lead the creature to become who they think he is. Frankenstein paints a bleak picture of how society’s stereotyping leads to segregation and suffering with the creature’s journey through life. The society of Frankenstein makes a stereotype based on a single premise, his appearance, and chooses to discriminate and segregate Victor’s creation. This discrimination is evident when “the children shrieked and one of the women fainted.
The light Victor has seen quickly ends. In result of Victor’s creation, the light of science causes the monster depression and feelings of negativity. Pain of the monster stems from the light of science being researched too
“Knowledge is power” (Meditationes Sacrae [1597; Works 14.95; 79]) is a famous quote from Francis Bacon with many meanings. Knowledge is magical and beneficial; everyone wants to be able to say that they “know everything” but knowing too much is not always a good thing/has been proved to lead to destruction. Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are two extraordinary characters that seem to struggle with the power of knowledge. Both crave any amount of knowledge they can receive which inevitably influences their ambitions, causes them to make immoral decisions and lose their sense of reality. In Frankenstein these influences are portrayed through Frankenstein and his decisions to create his