Frankenstein And Mental Illness In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Picture this, you are going through life just normal the good, the bad, the ups, and the downs and then all of a sudden every part of your life starts to go wrong not just one little thing your whole life and everyone included in it. The things you were typically accustomed to like something as simple as seeing your family, was taken away from you and from then on nothing would ever be the same. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley we are placed into Victor Frankenstein’s life, and we deal with the decisions he made when he created a monster that completely destroyed his life. After reading I began to think about how Victor’s illness effected the entire novel, not just his physical sickness but it also shows his mental sickness and that…show more content…
This is one of the many times Victor is found sickly. As we found out at the end of the novel Victor was chasing the monster when the ice collapsed and caused Victor to be found by Walton. The first few chapters were letters that Walton was writing to his sister about what Victor was telling him. It foreshadowed the ending by allowing us to hear the story from Victor in a sickly manner, I feel that Shelley made the novel this way because the illness that Victor had whether it was physical or mental was truly the backbone to his whole journey. Another key point throughout the novel was Victor did get ill often but the events that led up to “fall into illness” were all similar. Victor wouldn’t get ill after talking with Clerval but he would get ill after an attack of someone he cared for it was the trigger, the monster was that trigger because he caused Victor to become ill every…show more content…
Even though Victor knew, “I will be with you on your wedding night!” The monsters threat continually came to Victor’s mind which made him seem even more paranoid and crazy than normal, this caused the illness to trickle in because from the past encounters in the book you knew he would fall after her death. But he became ill before the event actually happened because of the monster and he was messing with his mind so it made Victor fall into sickness even harder than he did over William, Justine and Clerval. I believe this “pattern” was put into the novel by Shelley to show that life changing events result in our physical and mental states to go awry, basically stating that we all in emotional situations react in similar ways are body gives into the emotions and make us weak and want to escape the awful things that have

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