Welcome fellow bloggers to Breuks’ Blog. Today, my blog continues the theme of Frankenstein from my previous post. Today, my blog discusses the possibility of Frankenstein’s monster just being a symptom of schizophrenia. Looking back upon our previous class unit labelled “Mental Illness”, I believe that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein could possibly be portraying the affects of schizophrenia. Frankenstein’s monster could be an image or delusion of Frankenstein’s imagination from an illness like schizophrenia. “Schizophrenia is a severe mental condition that interferes with normal thought processes, causing delusions, hallucinations, and mental disorganization” (Nagel). As told earlier, Victor Frankenstein’s so called “monster” could be a delusion as a result of schizophrenia. The monster could be a cover for the evil in Victor Frankenstein’s character. There is no witness of Victor Frankenstein and his monster being spotted in the presence of each other. When the book speaks from the point of view of Frankenstein’s monster, it is just a play-by-play story in Victor Frankenstein’s mind convincing himself of the monster being the one doing all the evil actions, when in reality it is actually Victor Frankenstein himself.
In chapter 9, Shelley directly quotes to the audience that Victor is suffering from a mental illness,“ this state of mind preyed upon my health, which had perhaps never entirely recovered from the first shock it had sustained. I shunned the face of man; solitude was my only consolation—deep, dark, deathlike solitude” (Shelley, 94). This is said to be caused from the thought of the monster at fault for the death of his brother, William. Shelley implies Victor’s health is not stable. Frankenstein’s delusion of the monster from the affects of schizophrenia is causing other illnesses as founded in the previous quote. Depression is a severe mental condition as is schizophrenia. In the novel Frankenstein, shelley indirectly states the connection between schizophrenia and depression.
The potential cause of Victor Frankenstein’s schizophrenia could be from his mother biologically or environmentally. Victor’s mother lived in poverty and he could’ve inherited the schizophrenia from her as the effects of poverty could possibly cause many mental illnesses. Also environmentally, Frankenstein’s mother had died which could put heavy emotions of stress into a person causing illnesses like depression and quite possibly schizophrenia.
To sum this blog up, Victor Frankenstein’s character could possibly suffer from schizophrenia. In the dawn of chapters 9-17 of Frankenstein, Shelley implies Victor Frankenstein suffers from mental illness, which further supports my view. I am excited to see how the tale of Frankenstein comes to an end. Stay tuned for my last blog post on the final chapters of Frankenstein. I will be posting real soon! Goodbye for now!
“Schizophrenia.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Douglas Clegg. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 2013.