The definition of uncanny, according to Freud is “discussing things that appear to slip outside of  normal perceptions or normal assumptions” (418). In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor has an “uncanny” dream kissing Elizabeth as Shelley wrote, “I embraced [Elizabeth]; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms,” (60). Initially, you would think that he was just writing about Elizabeth, but even if he was, that’s a tad bit suspicious too considering it is a form of incest since she is his sister/cousin. According to Freud, the oedipal complex is when a child has sexual attraction towards their parent of the opposite sex. In this case, Victor’s dream transitioned into him thinking his dead mother was in his arms. People say you are attracted to those that resemble your parent. In this case, Elizabeth had the closest resemblance to his mother. He unconsciously knew that Elizabeth was a substitute for his mother and she loved and cared for him just like his mother did. Everyone does this apparently and not because they choose to, but because it’s unconscious. People want the love and affection that they received from their parents and so for Victor to want and yearn for that affection, one cannot blame him. He has no control over it.

Rahma K