Imagine two sisters living in the same household—both have grown up with the same parents, in the same place, and under the same conditions. Unfortunately for the sisters, their family has developed a pattern: The issues of the previous generation have been passed down with the next generation, creating a legacy of substance abuse, an unstable home environment, suicide, and mental illness. In this setting, the sisters must react to the troubles they witness around them daily, for their parents and other family are unable to shield the girls from the fallout of their emotional instability. One of the sisters is able to escape the pattern of her ancestors and thrives despite the challenges she faces in her home life. The other sister, however, is not so lucky, and develops severe anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies. In the end, the first sister finds success in her career and home life, giving birth to two children. The second sister commits suicide. Why was one able to do what the other could not? Why do we, as victims of an unpredictable universe, respond so differently to the forces of outside influence? This question is explored in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the story of a creature-turned-monster. Frankenstein’s monster lives years of life over the course of a few pages, experiencing curiosity, knowledge, friendship, loneliness, anger, and pain along the way. The story of his transformation from benevolent and hopeful to jaded and angry is one that appears repeatedly in the human world, as we fight to overcome the various forces working against us, some of which have been at play since before we were born. Many people, like one of the sisters discussed previously, are unable to...
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... monster, do not rise above, and their ends are miserable and often undeserved. Still others continue to try every day to beat a mental illness, understand their anxiety, or move past a traumatic event, all in the hopes that the next day will be better. There is no solution, and I don’t think there ever will be, but there will always be people who need help, and it is our responsibility to give them the support and understanding that beings such as Frankenstein’s monster never received.
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