Macbeth-Frankenstein Comparison Essay

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Being ambitious can let you achieve anything you want. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the main theme is ambition. Being ambitious is a great quality for anyone to possess. However anything that can bring you closer to what you want to achieve and to being at the top also has the power to make you fall harder than before. Victor Frankenstein and Macbeth succeeded in carrying through their desires; however they did not succeed in achieving happiness. This is evident as they gained power, became obsessed, and grew distant from friends and family. Although ambition is an amazing quality to have, there are things that may trigger a person to let their ambition turn into obsession. Victor and Macbeth both allow their ambition to become obsessive. Victor disliked death and suffering in life because he had lost his mother and it had been too big of a shock for Victor to handle. Because of this, Victor was fascinated with the chance of being able to bring his mother back, and to end all suffering. Victor’s mind grew with ambition because he knew that he had the knowledge and the power to do so. Eventually, Victor’s mind had started to take over. It is evident when he states, “Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been quality of a crime” (Frankenstein 34). Victor had become obsessed because he was growing apart from the world and put all his energy into his monster. In the same manner, Macbeth’s ambition also became obsessive. In the beginning Macbeth had no plan to betray King Duncan and to take over the throne. However, all this changed when the three witches planted the seed of betrayal in him and when Lady Macbeth encouraged him to kill King Duncan and become king. Ambition took over Macbeth after he
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