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issl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2010 at 3:18 PM via web

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In Chapter 5 of Frankenstein, what does Victor's dream comment on?

Is that means Taboo??? I think when he kisses elizabeth then it changes to be his mother in his dream.. he feel guilty of doing some thing wrong. is that because he feels guilty of making a monster?? that why even in his dream he feels that he does wrong thing by kissing on his mom's lips.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 18, 2010 at 10:33 PM (Answer #1)

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I agree with your interpretation to some extent, but I think of this dream a little differently too.

I think the dream is telling us two things.  First, as you say, it shows his guilt over creating the monster.  I think that this is why he dreams such horrible things.

But I think the dream is also serving another purpose.  It is foreshadowing for us what the impact of Victor's actions will be.  The monster that he has just created will kill so many things that Victor loves.  I think these are represented by Elizabeth (and this actually foreshadows her real death) and his mother.  They are both people who Victor loves or has loved.  They represent the people the monster will kill.

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