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"In," George Levine observes, "we are confrontedimmediately by the displacement of God and woman from the actsof conception and birth."Victor's decision to create new life also seems related to hisefforts to master fears of death.
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Despite his acceptance of maternal loss andrejection of the mourning process, Victor attempts to reversethe forces of time by resurrecting the dead.
His brief infatuation with science is agood example.
Significantly, Victor rejects immoderate grief but notimmoderate rage.Unable to work through his grief and guilt, Victor falls ill toa mysterious "nervous fever" and is confined for severalmonths.
My dear Victor, do not waste your timeupon this; it is sad trash" ().
Clerval becomes afantasy mother, nonjudgmental and infinitely empathic, and hisdevoted care temporarily restores Victor to life.Unlike Victor, the Creature has no devoted friend to care forhim.
Quite simply, Victor protests toomuch.
Frankenstein'slanguage is revealing: he removes himself and Victor from theclass of survivors, implying that neither man should grieve overWilliam's death.
The story he conceals is more significant thanthe one he reveals.
(The De Laceys function as afamily, but they quickly turn against him in horror.) TheCreature's narcissistic injuries are apparent in his shatteredself-esteem, massive rage, and blurred self-object boundaries.