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 disorder live healthy, normal lives. Most people experience normal up and downs that a person would in their life time. But Victor's severe mood changes are not normal. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive illness, which is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy and ability to function (Bipolar 1). One can see from the beginning of the novel that Victor is searching for companionship because he is very lonely. By creating the creature he is filling this void. That is when Victor is experiencing a depressive episode. When Henry comes to visit and Victor freaks out because of paranoia, this is an example of a manic episode.
Manic episodes can be defined clinically as acting or feeling "overly high" (Bipolar 2). They can include but are not limited to the inability to concentrate, having racing thoughts, little sleep is needed, erratic sprees of screaming, unrealistic belief in ones abilities or powers, extreme irritability, and overly euphoric mood (Bipolar 2). And indeed Victor Frankenstein shows all of these symptoms.
When Victor is walking from his apartment in chapter five, right after bringing the creature to life he cannot concentrate, "
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