First
off, Frankenstein over time has been
one of the most criticized and one of the most profound horror stories ever
written. It is also often times one of the most confused stories as well
because people always mix up the fact that the man who created this monster is
Dr. Frankenstein, the monster is not Frankenstein,
but that is neither here nor there. What I want to look at in the essay is Frankenstein a theoretical lense. First,
I want to take a psychoanalytical approach and really try and figure out what
in fact is going on in the mind of Dr. Frankenstein and take a deeper look at
why in fact did he create this monster? Was it to further his knowledge? Was it
just out of the wanting to be known for something, and not just anything but
something that was huge, especially for the time period in which this was
written. All of this and more will be discussed throughout.

First, I think a little bit of a summary of
the story would do some good just to help set the stage. The story begins with Robert Walton, a captain of a boat,
who is hanging out in St. Petersburg, Russia. Where he is awaiting a ride to
port of Archangel, where he’s going to hire some Russians to go sailing off to
the North Pole. The boat gets stuck on ice, mile and miles from land. With
nothing to do, Walton writes letters to his sister who is living back in
England. Walton seems to have one main complaint, repeatedly, and that is he
wants a male friend to keep him company. Soon, Walton’s attention is then
turned the sight of a man who is on the ice. The man hops up onto the ship.
Walton’s wish for a friend has come true and his name is Victor. He started out
like any kid who was in Geneva at the time. He stayed with his parents who
actually adopted a girl named Elizabeth for him to marry when he was older. Not
weird at all, right? While he was in college, he decided to study natural
philosophy and chemistry. In just what seemed to take only two years, he
figures out how to bring a body made of human corpse pieces to life. When in
fact he carries through with what he had learned, he ended up creating the
monster, he becomes horrified by his own creation and become ill for a few
months after the fact, and has his friend Henry Clerval nurses him back to
health. A little while after, back in Geneva, Victor’s younger brother ends up
being murdered. By who? Nobody knows quite yet, but the family servant, in fact
is accused of killing him. Victor comes to the possible explanation that his monster
is the real killer. Thinking that no one would believe the “my monster did
it” statement because just think how outlandish that would in fact sound.  Victor is so afraid to even say anything about
this. So much so that he doesn’t even say a word about it when the servant
becomes executed. Going through some internal greif, he goes on a trip to the
Swiss Alps. Somehow, someway, he runs into the monster, who confesses to the crime
of murdering his brother and tells Victor this story. When the monster fled
from the doctor, he found himself alone and hideous. No one accepted him except
for one old blind man. He hoped that the blind man’s family of cottagers would
give him compassion, but they too drove him away and were terrified of him.
When he ran across his brother he killed the boy out of revenge. In short, he’s ticked off that his maker created him to be alone and
miserable, and so would Frankenstein please make him a female companion. After
much persuading, he agrees to do so. Just before he finishes, he destroys the
second monster because of the fact that he’s afraid that the two will bring
destruction to humanity rather than love each other harmlessly because of what
the first monster has created. The monster sees him do this and swears revenge
on him once again. When Victor lands on a shore among Irish people, they accuse
him of murdering Henry, who has been found dead. He’s acquitted, but not before
another long illness. Victor returns to Geneva and is planning on marrying Elizabeth,
but he’s a little worried because of the fact that the monster has sworn to be
with him on his wedding night. Victor thinks the monster is threatening him,
but the night he and Elizabeth are married, the monster kills the bride
instead. Alone and looking for his revenge bent on revenge, Victor chases the
monster over all imaginable terrain until he is ragged and near death. In fact,
there is no distinction how you can really tell the two of them apart anymore
except that the monster is taller and uglier. Walton discovers the monster
crying over Victor’s dead body. We’re not sure if he’s crying because he’s sad
or because, as he says, really he has nothing to live for anymore but either
way, he heads off into the Arctic to die alone.

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