When the creature sees his reflection, he is “terrified” and views his own appearance as “deformity” (Shelley 104). This is because the creature is an uncanny creation. Though he was created from human flesh, he is not human and never will be. His very creation is one without birth, which makes him an unnatural being born of death. In some ways, he is a more uncanny version of Otto Rank’s double, “originally an insurance against destruction to the ego” that “becomes the ghastly harbinger of death.” (Freud 425). His creation from death makes his very existence a reminder of mortality, just like Freud states the double as being. So when he stares into his reflection, he simply sees the fear which we attempt to repress most, death. No matter how much he works on his personality or grace, he will never be able to get around the death which his creation symbolizes or the unnatural method of his creation (though my preferred psychoanalytic reading shows his creation as Frankenstein attempting to fulfill natural Oedipal desires, the creature is a being created without actual sexual reproduction. That is what I mean by unnatural). The disgust in his image is a natural, human reaction to his appearance. Though his brain an psyche are stitched together, he seems to still have a human unconscious.

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