To What Extent Do You Agree with the View That in 'Frankenstein', Mary Shelley Is Exploring “the Dark Side of the Human Psyche”?

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To what extent do you agree with the view that in 'Frankenstein', Mary Shelley is exploring “the dark side of the human psyche”? In Frankenstein, it is understood that "the dark side of human psyche" is the surpressed and forbidden desires or knowledge that the characters hold within them. In Victor's case we see this manifested in his obsession with the darker aspects of modern science at the time, with an extreme focus on galvanisation, and a distaste for some of the more conventional aspects of the craft. This is shon rather early on in his childhood when he begins to study "A would be science that could never even step within the threshold of real knowledge". Here the threshold is represented by the line he crosses when transgressing and creating the monster. There is also an argument that could be made for the "dark side" in Victor's sexuality. Hidden desires, such as Victor's unwillingness to consummate his marriage with Elizabeth or his dream of kissing his dead mother, arise. We can see this when examining the speech he uses when speaking on his wedding night. Saying the night is "dreadful, very dreadful" could be interpreted as Victor's homosexuality. This, at the time of being published, was still a crime punishable by death and these hidden desires we see Victor show could be seen as a 'darker' aspect to his psyche, even if a modern audience would see this as nothing out of the ordinary. We also see a broader view of this dark nature through the story of the DeLacey's. The DeLacey's who feel only dread at the sight of the monster, drive him out after he has helped them with their day to day occupations and leave him heartbroken. Saying that 'my protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to this world' the monster perhaps speaks of the link in human psyche, that because he is childlike he does not realise that there even is a
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