Psychological Hierarchy In Frankenstein

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Upon the many observances that can be seen throughout the story of Frankenstein, one of the main focus points would be that of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This is a psychological pyramid that consists of the basic needs of the subconscious human. These needs consist of self-actualization needs, esteem needs, social needs, safety needs, and psychological needs. Once one need on this period is met, the human body will subconsciously seek to fulfill the next item it feels is missing (McLeod). There are many circumstances within the novel that concern this hierarchy, and it is made apparent that this gives reason for many of the actions of the monster that take place. It can be justified in the sense that his actions were committed for a feeling…show more content…
He also states that his reasons for his actions were because of the fact that he did not have another of his kind so it is nearly impossible for his needs to be met, which is an outward sign of Maslow’s Hierarchy being a valid element within the novel. Since the creator, Frankenstein, contemplates and later decides against creating a female creature, the monster is very upset about it and once more seeks revenge (Shelley). Since yet another need on Maslow’s Hierarchy is not met, the creature seeks violence because his need is not being met, and if Frankenstein can’t create a female creature for him, no one else can. In other words, it is impossible for the third level of the Hierarchy to be met and this is cause for loneliness for the monster. If he did not feel as an outsider in the beginning, he certainly feels like one now and that’s causing him to want to commit violence because subconsciously, most people will feel the need to react in a negative way because of the body’s natural reaction to try and fulfill that
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