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What do you think is the significance of Frankenstein's dream about Elizabeth?

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Posted December 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM via iOS

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What do you think is the significance of Frankenstein's dream about Elizabeth?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM (Answer #1)

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Soon after he has successfully created the monster, Frankenstein has a frightening dream about his eventual wife Elizabeth. In the dream he kisses her but when he does, she changes into his dead mother. This dream shows how Frankenstein is feeling guilty about creating the monster. This is why a woman features so prominently in the dream; Frankenstein has in a sense taken over a typical female activity, that of giving birth to a new life. The dream is all the more telling in that it features two of Frankenstein's loved ones. Birth, or creation, and death are therefore inextricably linked in this dream. It is also prophetic as Frankenstein's monster will go on to cause the deaths of many of his loved ones.

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