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Victor’s Dreams

Two kinds of dream – his dream of creation and his nightmare of his mother and Elizabeth

“I embraced her, but as I imprinted the first kiss on her

lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to

change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my

arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling

in the folds of the flannel.”(58)

nightmare as a condensation of Victor’s multiple desires and feelings

of guilt and horror over his lack of responsibility, and his assumption of the role of a Creator ( the Mother’s role)

of desire for Elizabeth and the mother.  

Signs of death intertwined with that of life. (later: the mother’s portrait as evidence of Justine’s guilt p. 79)  

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