Document Type

Junior Honorable Mention

Award Date

Spring 2011

Course Name

Literary Explorations III


Dr. Leah Kind


Illness tends to lead to separation from society. Becoming sick has always been a reason for someone to stay home to avoid spreading the disease to other people, and because continuing to work rather than resting may cause the one’s condition to get worse or, at the very least, take more time to improve. Throughout Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, the main character falls sick very often, regularly separating himself from society. His deteriorating physical state appears to be linked to the monster he creates, as he usually succumbs to illness immediately after a traumatizing confrontation with it. The character of Victor Frankenstein subconsciously uses sickness as an escape from his responsibilities and his guilt, both a result of his creation.