Bipolar Frankenstein

994 Words Mar 20th, 2007 4 Pages
Many who first think of Victor Frankenstein, and some who read Frankenstein, may think that he is insane. It is true in the facts that he does have emotional outbursts at random times, which leads one to believe so. But in fact Frankenstein is bipolar. Bipolar disorder is when you are unable to control yours actions, whether they are manic or depressive. Frankenstein experiences drastic changes in mood, which can be clinically diagnosed as bipolar disorder. The severe mood changes that Victor Frankenstein experiences are not unexplainable. One minute he is completely fine and content, and the next he can be completely depressed or overly excited about an event. Bipolar disorder is exactly this. Most of the time people with bipolar …show more content…
Victor also experiences all of these symptoms. Victor feels extremely guilty that he has created this creature, "It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me that might infuse a spark of being into lifeless thing that lay at my feet" (Frankenstein 34-35). The guilt expressed through the words of Victor shows how severe his mood changes are. He goes from being delighted that he has accomplished the impossible, to regretting ever the thought of creating something so hideous. Victor feels empty through out chapter five, because he feels so bad for creating this creature. Also the extreme loss of energy that Victor experiences after his manic episode, verifies that he has bipolar disorder. "…for I was lifeless, and did not recover my senses for a long, long time."(Frankenstein 38) Throughout the novel one gets the sense that Victor Frankenstein is insane. But clinically he can be diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. He shows all the symptoms without a doubt, that he is severely ill. Victor is unable to control his feelings and actions which cause his brain to make him have very severe mood changes or manic-depressive episodes. Bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed physiologically (i.e. blood test etc.). It most likely passed down through DNA, so that is probably why he wasn 't diagnosed during his time. It is only recently that

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