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Student 1 Student Name English Composition II Application Essay Option #4 6 February 2015 Personal Perception: The Identity Crisis of Frankenstein’s Monster Specialist in infant and child development psychology, Dr. Philippe Rochat claims, “Self- awareness is arguably the most fundamental issue in psychology, from both a developmental and an evolutionary perspective (Rochat 717). According to him, a child gradually forms its self- perception through various early stages of its life, beginning with birth to four or five years of age. The concept of perceiving self through other’s eyes’ is a crucial milestone that a child achieves by “seeing” and “touching” throughout these early years of its life. He also claims that without proper guidance and support, this process of mastering self perception becomes torturous for a child. This tormenting fight to perceive oneself is craftily depicted by Mary Shelley, in her gothic novel Frankenstein, through the agonies of the Monster created by the protagonist of the novel, Victor Frankenstein. Mary Shelley has effectively dealt with the issues of self perception in her classic Frankenstein , while stressing that how mastering self perception can be tormenting

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