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-By Gabriela Acosta

Victor, the subject of the Oedipus Complex, theorized by Freud that men want to sleep with their mothers and daughters want their castrated penis back from their father. In Mary Shelley’s novel of Frankenstein there is an “exuberant” scene that explores Victor’s mind giving an insight to his fear toward his creation and lustful attractions to dead corpses.

In short, Victor is a necrophiliac with incestuous desires towards his deceased mother which caused a pause in his growth towards finding interest in mature women as he grew. In theory, if men grow to love women similar to their mothers the older they become, Victor did not have the chance to fully develop a secure connection that would help him find someone similar to her. What this means is that the love and bond grows with the mom and any state or connection their is: e.i. if she were abusive the son is more likely to find an abusive partner (in theory); because she is dead Victor is only interested in corpses.

Victor’s needs are not hidden, they are not part of the unconscious and his thoughts of holding “[…] the corpse of {his} dead mother in {his} arms; a shroud envelop{ing} her form” are vivid. In context, he dreams of running into Elizabeth only to have her die and become his dead mother. Elizabeth, a possible replacement for the void of need within him has no function for him. Elizabeth is the object of perfection but Victor’s neurotic thoughts do not allow him to move past death. Victor takes her beauty and soon changes it; “[…] I embraced her; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; […]”. To Victor, Elizabeth does not serve any purpose as a partner, the only way she’s any use to him is dead.

Victor’s “enticing fantasy” tie in with the creation of the creature; he wanted a perfect being created from death to help release some for of pleasure (whether it is sexual or not, that is up to the pervert to decide). But there was a problem that arose with the creation, that problem was that the creature was now “living”. The creature can no longer be dead but instead a “living-dead”;there was no longer a sense of gratification but instead a sense of horror and disgust. Frankenstein’s feelings toward the creature are a form of projection in the sense that he is in love with this “perfect creation” when it is still dead but then has a sense of disgust when it comes to life. Victor is unable to form any sort of attachment to the living and instead only finds pleasure in what is dead, such as his mom.