Myself a sufferer of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome I can at times pick out a silent sufferer. I can’t surmise Shelly’s loss of her child caused PTSD. What I can do is shed light on why I feel the never named Creature was displaying textbook symptoms of the disorder.
Imagine coming back from the dead and having to deal with the horrifying nightmares that must have raced through his head. The creature in his attempt to find comfort or kindness was abused and chased out of town. Alone abandoned and no sign of anything changing for him the classic signs of PTSD are apparent as he shifts from depressed to violent.
“I was dependent on none and related to none. The path of my departure was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation. My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them.” (15.5)
While our other male narrators are steeped in egotism and unrelenting self-preservation, we start to see the fraying of the monster’s compassionate ways. He goes from helpless to afraid then self-sufficient and later express to Victor his heartbreaking loneliness. Although Victor builds a mate for his creature, he reels at the thought of the two monsters having children. Doing what he feels is the right thing he destroyed the creation. To the monster he had just lost the focus of his life. His chance to be loved was ripped away by Victor.
Looking at causes of PTSD, illustrate all the creature had endured.
* Living through dangerous events and traumas
* Getting hurt
* Seeing people hurt or killed
* Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear
* Having little or no social support after the event
* Stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one