Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is Victor Frankenstein’s illusion and like all illusions it can only be told by the one who has experienced it. According the online article “Frankenstein’s Dream”, there is a rift that emerges between sleeping and waking and blurs the lines between an illusion and it’s telling; the telling can only guess or identify one state of being or one idea of things experienced (Fraistat, Jones). Victor awakes twice from his hallucinations during the creation scene of Frankenstein. Upon seeing his creature, his perception of beauty comes to life and quickly disappears as he begins to feel disgust for his creation. Shortly after, Victor fades back into a deep sleep (illusion) and imagines that he kisses Elizabeth and his kiss transforms her into his mother 's corpse. Victor awakens to find the creature looking at him and instead of contradicting the vision of "beauty," the creature seems to repeat and confirm its horrifying significance. Victor Frankenstein 's first traumatic awakening happens at the moment when the creature opens its dull yellow eyes and stirs convulsively to life, Victors life quickly went from joy to disgust. On page 59 in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor desires this event, he says, "with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart" (Shelley, 59). How can one go from anticipation to disgust? The article “Frankenstein’s

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