Extreme Mental Anguish
Frankenstein at a Different Point of View
Psychoanalytical the “Psychological,” or “Freudian Theory” is understanding the conflicts, characters, dream sequences and symbols. You will further understand the character’s outward behavior and inner desires. In the novel Frankenstein, written by Mary W, Shelley, there is a very comprehensible psychoanalytic approach to understanding the novel. In the novel Victor and the Creature are very similar. Both Victor and the Creature display and exhibit extreme mental anguish by pursuing emotional action that truly hurts themselves.
One emotional action that is filled with mental anguish that both Victor and the Creature pursue in the novel is they both isolate themselves. Victor isolates himself from society because of his passion to create life. The Creature causes Victor to hide from society because he is so ashamed with what he has created. Everytime Victor isolates himself he becomes extremely ill and depressed. He does this because he is in emotional pain or distress. In the novel, Victor says “I threw myself into the chaise that was to convey me away and indulged in the most melancholy reflections. I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged in endeavoring to bestow mutual pleasure, I was now alone, I must form my own friends and my own protector” (Shelly 44). This quote was found in the middle of the book shortly after the death of Victor’s mother and at the beginning of the move to the university to further his education. The isolated Victor is different in the way he treats people, and the way he goes about his life. He is much more focused and almost obsessive. He has no one to comfort him or for him to talk to, so this leads to the creation of the Creature. The Creature isolates himself because Victor has rejected him by fleeing in fear after he has created him. When this happens the Creature is truly exposed to society, and learns that he his not welcome. This shows how the creature is in emotional pain or distress. When Victor and the Creature are isolating themselves from society, it’s because they are using the subconscious, which is the largest part of the human personality. According to psychoanalytic criticism ‘This is the repository of all socially imposed behavior and sense of guilt” (Grudzian 2). So this proves that Victor and the Creature are mentally anguished, and truly hurt themselves in the end.
Another emotional action that is filled with mental anguish is that both Victor and the Creature pursue in the novel is they both want to seek revenge. Victor seeks revenge against the Creature because he has killed his brother, his friend Henry, and his one true love Elizabeth, and his father. Overwhelmed by his losses Victor expresses how he wants revenge when he states in the novel “At such moment’s vengeance, that burned within me, died in my heart, and I pursued my path towards the destruction of the daemon” (Shelly 152). This is when Victor has finally been filled with mental anguish and wants revenge on the Creature. When the Creature takes revenge, one thing happens to him. It ensures that he will never be accepted in human society. This hurts the Creature because it is the only thing he wants, so when this disappears. The only thing he has is revenge.
Finally the last emotional action that is filled with mental anguish that both Victor and the Creature pursue is they both seek glory. Victor is the outcome of glory at the cost of companionship. Victor created his Creature out of the desire to seek glory and in the end, he had nothing but ferius for his creation. This can clearly be seen when he describes what he wants in the novel. “A new species would bless me as its creator and source, many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me” (Shelly 58). When he says this, you are able to see the power, and glory that has overtaken Victors body. When this happens he becomes blind to what he really wants. He was never happy with just meeting his goals, he wanted to surpass his goals. He wanted to become like god and this promised him power over the world. The Creature starts to seek for glory when he starts his hunt for Victor. When this happens he is trying to set himself free and fulfill his life. In the Creature’s eye’s this is what glory is for him, to see Victor dead. When the Creature see’s victor dead, he finally reaches his glory and this sets himself free. When Victor and the Creature seek for glory, they both hurt themselves because they both become blind to what they really want. This is how Victor and the Creature pursue glory throughout the novel.
Victor and the Creature are two characters that have many differences, but still resemble a strong connection. This shows the characters are still driven and thrive for the same goals. They are both pushed by mental anguish and feel the same pain throughout the whole novel. This proves how Victor and the Creature display and exhibit extreme mental anguish by pursuing the same emotional action that truly hurts themselves.