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Frankenstein Analysis Essay

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Kade Gilbert
Mrs. Shelley Wisener
ENGL 2321: Frankenstein Analysis Essay
2 October 2017
Mary Shelley’s Journal
The human brain while complex, initiating every impulse that controls the body, can be simplified. Simple things such as memories, beliefs, or passions can define the decisions that a person makes. The impulses of humanity may cloud a person’s logic, while each person’s logic, in turn, may affect the impulses of humanity. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is overflowing with emotionally based decisions. Her text can be further observed when looking through a psychoanalytic lense with a hint of New Criticism, and searching for the root of emotion in outside texts such as the book of Genesis and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (Brackett
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A story of creation, ruthless murdering, and revenge originate a literary work that seems as though it should be analyzed independently (Brackett 1). While one might relate the monster’s instincts directly to evil, the acts and concept of the monster should be analyzed separately. Nevertheless, the id principles displayed through the monster characterize the instinctive force that separates the monster from humaneness.
In addition, Victor Frankenstein portrays the balance of decisions and priorities to represent the ego. Similar to the average person, “[Victor’s] behavior [was] modified by demands of the world and [functioned] with reason and logic, although he often [felt] out of control and unable to meet his responsibilities” (Brackett 61). The autonomous plot puts Victor in situations that are unique and uncommon, but he persists to symbolize the average person dealing with conflict, balancing stress, and fighting to meet expectations. Despite his struggle between good and bad choices, Victor remains the steadfast neutral ego throughout the novel.
In one step closer to morality, the superego aspect of Frankenstein is predominantly seen through children or supporting characters. For instance, when the monster shared his observance of the family in the cabin, superego qualities were illustrated. The mood was not gothic, but peaceful, loving, and joyful for the few times superego views prevailed. Knowing that the mood was meant to be
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