Psychoanalysis of Victor Frankenstein Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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In Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein creates a monster that murders several people, and then flees through Europe to the Arctic Circle. In the beginning of the story, it seems that Frankenstein is simply a scientist chasing a pipe dream of finding the key to eternal life, but closer analysis of the text reveals that Frankenstein is not sane, and possibly suffering from one of many psychology disorders, causing hallucinations and psychosis, it is my contention, that Victor Frankenstein is his monster.

Sanity is defined as the quality or state of being sane or the soundness or health of mind by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Victor Frankenstein shows several obvious signs of being "not sane" by our standards, among them are
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(Wikipedia, Dissociative Identity Disorder) Frankenstein 's inability to physically capture the creature, but to have conversations and arguments with it, are underlying signs that Victor Frankenstein is the monster.

Social Isolation can also have incredibly devastating effects on psychological health. When a person is isolates themselves from the rest of the world for a long period of time, like Victor Frankenstein did to complete his work, there are several different psychological effects ranging from depression to vivid hallucinations, "Psychological problems reported included anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, withdrawal, regression, and hallucinations."(Kellerman, Rigler, & Seigel par 1). Incredibly severe cases of social isolation can be seen in "feral children". These children, who are isolated from contact and interaction with humans, whether by abandonment or neglect, have no linguistic ability, have countless psychological issues in our society once they are discovered, and in general appear to behave as wild animals. (Feral Children). It is possible that due to the isolation, Frankenstein 's alter-ego, the monster, does not have complex communication ability that most people have, and has to relearn how to interact with people by reading. There is also a chance that Victor Frankenstein could also have schizophrenia, either as a symptom of DID, or as its own mental illness.
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