Mental Illness

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Mental Illness In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Mental Illness In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Abstract Mental illness is a prominent problem in today’s troublesome world. Each day many people are diagnosed with a mental illness, most commonly depression. The human mind becomes tarnished when a person has a mental illness, and often the illness takes over a person’s life completely. Mental illness is a serious problem and often goes untreated or misdiagnosed. The darkness within a person’s mind is one of the toughest aspects of life for people to conquer and many lose themselves in the fight. To further understand mental illness, it would be easiest to peer into the life of someone with one of these illnesses. For example, taking a…show more content…
While filming the movie, which eventually became one of his biggest successes, he fell in love with his on-screen wife Michelle Williams. The love sprouted after Williams had injured her knee and Ledger took it upon himself to care for her. Their love grew so quickly that Williams was pregnant before the film was finished. Their child, Matilda was born in October of 2005. The two girls were the loves of his life which he was quite open about. During the following couple years, Heath’s fame increased and the demand for his work grew, keeping him away from home more and more. This led to a break in the relationship between him and Michelle. They separated, and this sent Ledger into the darkest place he’d ever been. He was crushed and depressed over the fact that he couldn’t spend time with his daughter. This depression, coupled with anxiety and insomnia that he had experienced for most of his adult life, led to him taking a plethora of prescription pills to counteract his illnesses. Eventually, this barrage of medications on his body caught up with him, and he passed away due to accidental overdose on January 22, 2008. The story of Ledger’s life is saddening to say the least, and just goes to show that mental illness is a silent killer that can take the life of any unsuspecting victim caught in its path (Pendleton, 2008). After reading Frankenstein by author Mary Shelly, it is easy to see that the novel’s protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, is a
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