By: Katherine Hernandez

Sigmund Freud imposed the idea that as humans of two genders we are biologically inclined to desire our parents of the opposite sex this is otherwise known as the Oedipal desire. That is to say that as a male you would desire your mother and then perhaps settle for a wife that imitates your mother’s mannerisms and possibly even looks like her; the same goes for females. Thus, in Frankenstein when we stumble across Victor’s vivid dream which was composed of his lover, Elizabeth decomposing into the corpse of his mother once he kisses her, Sigmund Freud’s ideology of dreams begs to question Victor’s truest desires and his manifestations of these desires. Victor’s startling dream sheds light to the fact that perhaps Victor truly wanted to live his life loving of his mother. Freud suggests Victor’s primal desire was to be romantically involved with his mother, as his unconscious self-suggests. As we know, however, he was never able to fulfill this desire thus fueling his need for filling this gap in his life. This is how his creation was born. Victor sought the deep longing of his heart unconsciously when he brought his ideal form of beauty back to life. Perhaps Victor viewed his creation as a prototype if he was able to fully bring this creation to life with no repercussions, then he would also be able to bring back his beloved mother and fulfill his of the Oedipal desires. This explains Victor’s interest with scholarly subjects and even the themes of life and death the book suggests. Victor was fueled his whole life to somehow end up with his mother; whether it be by marrying a woman who assembled her as close as possible or by bringing her back from the dead. When unable to reach either faced his ultimate demise.

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