Frankenstein Sickness And Fever Analysis

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Sickness and fever tends to lead to separation from society and everyday life because it cases a person to be bedridden. Sickness gives people a reason to stay home almost in confinement so the disease does not spread to other people also continuing to would instead of resting might cause the condition to get worse, or might cause lengthen the time for the sickness to improve. Throughout the novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein the main character falls sick very often and this regularly separates him from society and even his family. The monster he creates appears to be linked to his deteriorating physical state because he is usually inclined to illness immediately after a traumatizing confrontation with it. The character of Victor Frankenstein …show more content…
He tends to fall ill whenever he feels guilty or has a responsibility for something he did or created. Right after Victor’s creation of the monster and his realization that the monster he created held terrifying threats, Frankenstein flees. The act of him fleeing only proved that he did not want to and reluctant to take any kind of responsibility for his creation. After seeing his friend Henry Clerval, Victor returns home to his apartment only to notice the monster left. This makes Victor very cheerful and eventually leads to him laughing in a way that alarms Clerval and this marks the start of his sickness. Frankenstein, at this point in the book now believes he released something awful into society. A serious illness that consumes him for months, due to his hysteria about the creature and its absence, makes him look to a friend for help. During this time, he stayed confined in his apartment with his friend Clerval who nursed him back to good health and this also gave Victor a great excuse to not think about or work on his creation. Frankenstein, much later, ended up falling ill again when his creation took the life of Henry Clerval who in the past nursed him back to health but this time Victor could not rely on him to help him get back to good health. He gets taken to see the body of Clerval and when he sees the body his guilty conscience shows, he exclaims, “Have my murderous …show more content…
After he lost the monster in the ice he fell ill. He felt guilty for all the lives that his creation took and for the fact that he could never find a way to stop it. This instance it gives him an excuse to rest and not follow the monster and he can now talk to Walton about the problem which releases some of the guilt. This time when he falls ill, he dies. Death for Victor was the ultimate escape which allowed him to stop fighting the battles that brought him misery even if he did everything to try and avoid fighting. Coincidently, Frankenstein found his escape on a boat with Walton because in all previous instances of sickness he wanted to eventually rejoin society after escaping for a while and he had family and friends that worried about him. However by this time in the story he had no one left to worry about him, and he passed the obligation for killing the creature to someone else. He asked Walton to take the task from him and dies soon after. After the responsibility lifted off of Victor, he had no reason to continue fighting or living and could move to the next level of him escaping which ended in death for

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