Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Psychoanalytic Perspective
Homework Questions: 301:
Explain: "What Freud did was develop a language
a model that explained, a theory that encompassed human
Explain the concepts of the id, ego, and superego.
Answer Murfin's Question: "Why are oedipal wishes and
by the conscious side of the mind?" (302).
Explain: "Such writers regularly cloak or mystify
that make sense only when interpreted, much as the unconscious
a neurotic disguises secret thoughts in dream stories or
that need to be interpreted by an analyst" (303).
What is the collective unconscious?
Explain Jung's suggestion that a great work of literature
of desires once held by the whole human race but now repressed
of the advent of civilization" (303).
What is object relations theory?
Explain: "Interpretations are made of
object--and are themselves the mediating terms or transitional
of the relationship" (307).
Explain: "[Lacan] treated the unconscious as
and, consequently, viewed the dream not as Freud did (that is,
and symptom of repression) but rather as a form of discourse"
What is the mirror stage?
What is the "Law of the Father" (308)?
What is the Symbolic order? What is the Imaginary order?
Explain: "The united self, or ego, is a fiction,
Explain: "The monster represents not a mother
the body of the mother lost on entrance into the Symbolic
Explain Collings's suggestion that the creature is
representing two taboos at once" (qtd. in Murfin 311).
Other Discussion Questions: 301:
Explain: "The powers motivating men and women are mainly
and normally unconscious" (301).
Explain the theory of repression.
Explain: "Psychoanalytic criticism written before
to psychoanalyze the author" (304).
Explain what "manifest content" and "latent content" are.
Explain: "Figurative literary language in general
something that evolves as the writer's conscious mind resists
unconscious tells it to picture or describe" (305).