The psychoanalytic perspective tells us that behavior is determined by one’s past experiences and that these experiences have been locked in the unconscious mind and the character is unaware of them. This perspective is also based strongly on Freud’s studies of the mind. The major experience in Victor’s life was the death of his mother. Victor was very close to his mother and she died before he left to go to college in Ingolstadt. Shelley wanted to make a point by placing Victor’s mother’s death before he left for the university, to act as his separation from her and to show that he was unable to continue life in the way a usual human being could. Victor’s studies at Ingolstadt strictly went against his father’s words and could be seen as Shelley placing a type of Oedipus complex in his career pursuits. This led Victor to creating the monster to have someone he could be with. After working for 2 years, Victor finished his creation and said, “Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (...
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