Romanticism In Frankenstein

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Frankenstein, alternatively known as The Modern Prometheus was Mary Shelley’s creation. Psychoanalytical reading is an important aspect to fully understand this book. When applying psychoanalytical reading to Frankenstein it is evident that ‘the creature’ asked for a wife, as opposed to a friend, because human nature has a need for a romantic and sexual relationship, (with the exception of asexuals and aromatics). Frankenstein sets its scene in the 18th Century, which marks the beginning of the Romantic Era. The Romantic Era was the beginning of romanticism, which is often referred as the “cult of the self”. site Romanticism focuses on the “cultural and the psychological nativity of the I-self-the inner spark that links one human being to…show more content…
He states many times his anger and his wishes for revenge. “...despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery.” (16.1). and he also states “For the first time the feelings of revenge and hatred filled my bosom,” (16.12). These outbursts of aggression and anger could be rooted (and probably are) in many different problems such as loneliness, people being spiteful towards him, but it could also be rooted in sexual frustration. Freud had developed three different aggression drive theories, the first two of the theories was about recognizing aggression being associated with sexual frustration (Shaw 17). “Aggression is secondary to the frustration associated with the failure to get one’s needs.”(Shaw 17). Many times aggression was a force used by the creature because he couldn’t get what he wanted, an important example of this is when Dr. Frankenstein destroyed the bride. After Frankenstein destroyed the bride, after a long period of remaining peaceful, he lashes out on Frankenstein and swore revenge (20.16) What the creature wanted was a bride in order to satisfy his needs of wanted companionship and a romantic and sexual relationship a bride would fulfill. When
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