Frankenstein Breaking Bad Analysis

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The word “crazy” is insanely overused, we use it to describe everyone from our exes, to our dogs, and of course, to those with personality disorders. Just from being a part of society, you can get a grasp on the range of psychiatric problems there are in the world today. Throughout years and time, mental disorders have been the guiding factor in unusual emotions and actions, creating fear and excitement in the world. Both Frankenstein’s monster of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and Walter White of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad support this theory as their complex minds create interesting story lines, leaving audiences begging for more. These “crazy” characters exhibit actions out of the ordinary that surpass the confines of any sane persona, creating …show more content…
As he brought havoc upon the Swiss, he showed characteristics of being antisocial, hostile, impulsive, and self-destructive; a textbook case of borderline personality disorder. After being constantly exiled by various communities and his sole creator, trying to find a new community to fit in with seemed to be his only opportunity for acceptance. However, when searching for people to suit his needs, he often felt pressure due to being different. Before meeting seemingly friendly people he states, “What chiefly struck me was the gentle manners of these people, and I longed to join them, but dared not. I remembered too well the treatment I had suffered the night before from the barbarous villagers…” (Shelly, Chapter 12 ). By letting these seemingly perfect people intimidate his monstrous self, we find him getting into his own head. This matches with DSM section 301.83 (F60.3.2) where one with borderline personality disorder would be susceptible to “A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.” By idealizing average humans, such as the ones in the cottage, he immerses himself in the disorder, magnifying his own insecurities. This creates a goal in the storyline as the readers wonder if Frankenstein’s monster will ever be accepted. However, he struggles a lot with this as even his creator calls him a “Devil” and “vile insect” who he wishes to be killed (Shelly, Chapter 10). This derogatory language inflicts emotions of sorrow and sympathy for Frankenstein as he is hated by basically everyone. We get to see the adverse consequences from these negative statements as he says, “I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all of mankind…” (Shelly, Chapter 17). He is devastated by these comments, sending himself into a dangerous mental state. With his

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