Scarlet Fever

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Scarlet Fever
By: Rachael Zabkar
In Frankentstein, a gothic novel written my Mary Shelley, scarlet fever was a huge part in the main plot line. Scarlet fever was a common disease during the time Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Scarlet fever was particularly common in children and was fatal and deadly. It was a disease that affected many children and hat many sympotms, causes and stages (Bunch 54). In the modern world we live in with modern medicine it's not as common, however, back then if you were to get this disease, you were deemed tainted and couldn't be touched due to the fact that it was extremely contagious and no one wanted to be exposed to the disease.

In Frankenstein, the scarlet fever plays a big role in the plot of the story and puts a lot of extra stress on Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the monster. One could argue that scarlet fever is kind of the start of a series of e events that lead to another event that's twice as bad as the last one. It's a chain reaction and the scarle fever starts it off. Victor's family adopts Elizabeth, who then gets infected by the scarlet fever. Elizabeth then proceeds to give the disease to Caroline, Victor's mother. Caroline then dies from the scarlet fever while Elizabeth survives. This causes Victor conficting feelings because he loves Elizabeth so he's happy she survives, however, he is sad because his mother did not survive. So, he is feeling love for Elizabeth while at the same time he has to mourn the death of his mother. After Caroline dies, Justine is convicted for Victor brothers murder due to the fact that Justine had Caroline's neckalce that Victor's brother had in his possesion. Everyone knew Justine liked the necklace so they blamed her, when really the montster put the necklace in her clothing, her being unaware of the situatin. The disease could be the start to everything because after Caroline dies from it, all the other bad things start happening such as Justine being convicted...
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