Frankenstein- Isolation and Entrapment

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  • Isolation and Entrapment
    • Nature
      • Isolation through the sublime setting of the forest
      • Sublime but remote settings of the Orkney Islands and the Arctic- extreme weather conditions
      • Weather conditions represent the extreme psychological conflict between Frankenstein and his doppelganger- the Creature.
      • The isolated setting of the North Pole creates a isolated and mysterious mood, ‘surrounded by ice, which closed in the ship on all sides’, ‘thick fog’, ‘vast and irregular plains of ice’, ‘lost among the distant inequalities of the ice’
    • Ambition
      • Victor's entrapped by his own hubris and desire to achieve scientific recognition
        • his ego after his creation is unforgiving and his inability to recognise his own fall
          • ARISTOTLE; CLASSICAL TRAGIC PROTOGANIST
            • Novel is also called the Modern Promotheus
              • His hubris leads to divine punishment- a warning not to disobey God's authority?
      • Psyche
        • Sexual repression of Victor
          • Incestuous dream of his mother reveals a disturbed psyche- Oedipus Complex
          • Potentially repressed homosexuality- taboo of the time?
        • Victor's description of creating the creature with the  imagery of childbirth reveals his extreme distress and agony
        • Classical reference to Narcissus aligns Victor with him. Was the creation intended to be a mirror of his own image?
      • Walton is literally and figuratively entrapped by his ambition for glory
        • Parallel with Frankenstein and his obsessive desire to achieve
          • Walton can be redeemed from Victor's fate if he resigns from his ambition.
    • Physical
      • Creature physically entrapped by his grotesque appearance- 'it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived.'
      • Women in Frankenstein are entrapped by their sex- Elizabeth and Caroline are presented as virtuous women and are confined to the roles of domesticity
        • The are innocent victims of male ego- Justine and Elizabeth
          • Creature is also a physical representation of Victor diminishing the role of women as child bearers to valueless
      • His physical appearance isolates him from humans as society is prejudiced towards him
      • Creature is also a physical representation of Victor diminishing the role of women as child bearers to valueless
      • Creature is also physically isolated from the compassion and love of humans- hence his desire to have a female companion
    • Psyche
      • Sexual repression of Victor
        • Incestuous dream of his mother reveals a disturbed psyche- Oedipus Complex
        • Potentially repressed homosexuality- taboo of the time?
      • Victor's description of creating the creature with the  imagery of childbirth reveals his extreme distress and agony
      • Classical reference to Narcissus aligns Victor with him. Was the creation intended to be a mirror of his own image?

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