frankenstein's dead mother
the void that victor's mother creates in her son's psychological development ultimately leads him to create, despite being ill-equipped to create responsibly. interestingly, the influence that victor's mother has on his life is highlighted by her total absence, save her single appearance as a decaying corpse in the dream sequence in chapter four. the fact that victor's latest experience with his mother is a traumatic one that featured death and fright, the reader is left with the notion that she is a figure that must carry a negative sentiment in victor's subconscious. in fact, if his mother had never appeared at all, the reader would have been free to question whether or not her absence was incidental or was actually significant. thus, it is perhaps more jarring that she appears as a shocking figure and then never again: her only identity is as a uninvited, interrupting, dead thing.