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In a psychoanalytic view of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Robert Walton develops during a dreadfully severe trip through the Arctic a type of schizophrenia this mental condition enables him to create a seemingly physical being representing each his superego and his id 9 In his mind Walton creates Victor as his very own superego and the monster as his id The superego and the id battle throughout the story to produce the final result Walton the ego Many of the qualities Walton develops during his trip are symptoms of schizophrenia His letters exude an aura of depression loneliness In his second letter Walton emphasizes an obsession with his aspiration to lose his loneliness He desires the company of a man who could sympathize with him Shelley 7 According to Merrell Dow Preoccupationsare fixed ideas not necessarily false like delusions but overvalued They take on extraordinary importance and take up an ordinate amount of thought time One idea often returns and returnsCharacteristically the worry grows and becomes unrealistic par 16Walton reiterates his loneliness even though he is surrounded by people on his ship he has no friend Shelley 7-8 Contributing to this feeling of isolation Walton uses a tone of depression in his letters a recurring feeling he experiences He hints in nearly every letter clues indicating his fear of death He wants his sister to remember him with affection should she never hear from him again Shelley 10 By constantly mentioning the possibility of his own death in his letters Shelley stresses Waltons overvalued worry of dying Walton longs to see his sister his mental condition leads him to even consider himself abandoned Walton admits that success during this mission will lead to many many months perhaps years before they would meet again however failure results in either quick departure for home or death Shelley 6 Whether he succeeds or fails he will have negative results These constant recurrences emphasize the validity of his mental illness
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