Discuss the role of sickness in the novel. Victor often seems to fall ill after traumatic events. Is this a means of escape, and, if so, is it effective? Is there another explanation for his recurring illness?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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Victor constantly gets sick either emotionally, physically or both. His many stresses and regrets seem to lead to illness and separate him from society. This is Victor's essential means of escape. Victor seems to feel that his physical separation from his stressor somehow alleviates his guilt and responsibility. Victor's illness can consume him for months. If he is able, he will simply flee and head for remote places like the Alps. His illnesses are born out of an individual and societal guilt that Victor puts upon himself.