Wish Fulfillment in Mary Shelly's Gothic Novel, Frankenstein

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Wish Fulfillment in Mary Shelly's Gothic Novel, Frankenstein

Everyone stores hidden desires, ambitions, fears, passions and irrational thoughts in his or her unconscious mind, according to Freud's psychoanalytical theory. These secret feelings, often stemming from a person's childhood, can manifest themselves in odd and sometimes extreme ways. This phenomenon is called wish fulfillment. We do not always fully understand why we make the decisions that we do in life, but a certain amount of these choices can be accredited to wish fulfillment. Mary Shelly's gothic novel Frankenstein illustrates several accounts of wish fulfillment through the actions of Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein in an effort to satisfy their various needs.

Robert Walton was raised by his uncle after his father died. On his deathbed, Walton's father entreated his brother not to allow Robert to pursue a seafaring life. Robert instead became a poet so that he "might obtain a niche in the temple where the names of Homer and Shakespeare are consecrated" (Shelley 16). Unfortunately, Robert was very unsucce...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the phenomenon of wish fulfillment in mary shelly's gothic novel, frankenstein.
  • Narrates how robert walton was raised by his uncle after his father's death, and wished to pursue a career on the open seas.
  • Analyzes how walton's life has lacked true companionship, and as a result he frantically seeks out this friendship without regard to common sense.
  • Analyzes how victor looks on his childhood with profound happiness, referring to the benign benevolence of his parents and their intense love for each other. victor's future misery stemmed from his interest in death.
  • Analyzes how victor frankenstein's childhood experiences can have a profound effect on the rest of his life. his obsession with death brings him to his end.
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