Victor Frankenstein and Anxiety

 

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But my enthusiasm was checked by my anxiety and I appeared rather like one doomed by slavery to toil in mines, or any other unwholesome trade than an artist occupied by his favorite employment. Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime.” (Shelley 41.) Even deranged scientists exhibit some sort of anxiety, despite the enthusiasm towards their work. Victor Frankenstein’s devotion to his occupation has caused him to feel anxious and wired, as a result of his strong desire to succeed. Victor Frankenstein has related his appearance and mood to one put into slavery rather than someone who should be content with his current situation because it is something he wanted to do.mad-scientists-1-victor-frankenstein-324x205His symptoms are normal and are a direct result of his anxious state. The slow fever and painful extent of his nervousness shows that while his symptoms are normal they are severe and are able to cause him physical pain even though his anxiety is psychological. His distress is shown by his unnecessary reaction to leafs. In addition, he feels the need to keep his work secluded and does this by rejecting others, friends and family. The reason for shunning his “fellow creatures” could be because of the tense state his anxiety has brought upon him and how it put him more on edge with any outside views on what he was working on, anticipating disagreement or embarrassment.

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  1. I had to reread the quote about a leaf, (“…His distress is shown by his unnecessary reaction to leafs….) You pick up on subtleties that are important to making Victor a believable character. He is startled by the slightest movement (who wouldn’t be if there is a monster lurking about???) But, Kevin, dear…the plural to leaf is leaves….
    This post would make a good catalyst:
    reflective; attempts to synthesize information and form new meaning; well organized
    written in a somewhat interesting style and voice; words chosen mostly reflect author’s personality and brings content to life for the most part; sentence fluency is mostly achieved
    few spelling errors; few grammar errors;
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