The forms of the beloved dead : Frankenstein's compulsive quest for unity in death

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dc.contributor.advisor Thornburg, Thomas R. en_US Lipartito, Janice Dawson en_US 2011-06-03T19:33:18Z 2011-06-03T19:33:18Z 1982 en_US 1982
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1982 .L57 en_US
dc.description.abstract Mary Shelley's gothic novel Frankenstein has traditionally been read by critics as a cautionary tale and social responsibility for their creations. However, like many of its gothic sisters, the novel also contains other substantial lodes which can be mined by the twentieth century literary critic.One largely ignored and potentially rich vein in the novel is the compulsive and self-destructive behavior of Dr. Frankenstein himself. No critic has yet borrowed Freud's black bag of psychoanalytical tools and used them to plumb the subterranean depths of the young scientist's labyrinthian unconscious.After the death of his mother, and despite his protestations to the contrary, Dr. Frankenstein's real desires are unconscious, the primary one being the need for closure of the family circle. These repressed desires are fulfilled by his alter ego, the homicidal monster he stitches together in an obsessive effort to reconcile life and death. The study seeks to reveal Dr. Frankenstein as an allegorical figure representing the dark side of man's nature.
dc.format.extent 54 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.other Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851. Frankenstein. en_US
dc.title The forms of the beloved dead : Frankenstein's compulsive quest for unity in death en_US
dc.title.alternative Frankenstein's compulsive quest for unity in death en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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