Theme Of Sickness In Frankenstein

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Emily Phillips Ms. Finnigan English 112 November 22/12 Sickness Within Traumatic Events The role of sickness in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is a very evident theme throughout. Sickness is defined as "suffering from or affected with a physical illness, mentally ill or disturbed, deeply, distressed, upset, weary, tired, pining, longing."(dictionary). Each time there was traumatic events Victor Frankenstein fell ill, leaving him in bed for months. Is this his way of escaping reality? Or did he really become sick by coincidence? There are may incidents of when Frankenstein becomes distressed. An illustration of this was when Elizabeth dies. They all go out in search of the creature, however Victor couldn't handle…show more content…
One of the earliest literatures that guilt was a theme is in the Shakespearian time period with the play "Macbeth". Macbeth himself and Lady Macbeth, following the killing of Duncun they both are filled with agitation, lack of sleep, little appetite and have nightmares continuously. "Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep in the affliction of these terrible dreams"(Shakespeare 127). In both scenarios, "Macbeth" and "Frankenstein", guilt brings pressure internally to externally. "Studies have shown that negative emotions actually weaken your body, while positive emotions strengthen your body"(Enlightenment). Although it is believed that guilt is the problem to…show more content…
Depression symptoms are a parallel to what Frankenstein is experiencing. Some symptoms are feeling tired, having unknown stress, being irritable and even angry. At one time or another Victor feels like that. One type of depression is "Seasonal Affective Disorder". It is assumed that Victor has this disorder because whenever the weather is bad (i.e. a thunder storm) he is sad, upset and thinks his world is ending. Depression can come from past hardships, people tearing you down, grief, betrayal, failure, etc. Frankenstein goes through hardships and failure mostly. There is no way to avoid pain and the feeling of anguish at one time or another. An example of this is " It's easier to believe there is a way around experiencing sorrow, that we can avoid pain and loose nothing of the fullness and joy of living, what I have come to realize is that it is not pain that hurts us most; it is resistance to pain that wears us out. We fear it, we fight it, run from it, ignore it, or try to bury it"(Enlightenment). Being sick, is this his way of escaping reality or is it a mental illness? Whether Victor is faking his ailment or has a mental illness, his sickness allows him to run away or hide from his problems. This gives Frankenstein the ability to forget his mistakes, and obscure himself from confrontation. Doing this, being in bed for months, provides Frankenstein a striving effort to escape reality and all the uncomfortable situations that may
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