The Role Of Ambition In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein’s Relevance To Today Sir Isaac Newton said that “What goes up must come down”. This applies to many ambitious character such as Victor Frankenstein. Victor had a happy life; blessed with a loving family, wealth, and knowledge. What seemed to be the peak in his life, being able to create life was actually the start of his downfall. Ambition has led people and characters of various professions such as politician, inventor, and scientist who have searched for power or knowledge, to their own ruin. This becomes evident in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Due to being overly ambitious Victor Frankenstein is able to create life, but the consequences of his ambition soon catch up to him. The consequences do not affect just Victor…show more content…
Victor mentions his upbringing ; “ No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself”(Shelley 120). Victor had grown up with loving parents who were “ possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence”(16), wealth and also knowledge which he had the opportunity to pursue. Victor at the end of the book is no longer the person he was before but someone who seemed to be what was left of Victor Frankenstein, an apparition. This downfall is due to his ambition. After isolating himself from everybody for two months while creating his monster, his health started to deteriorate, and in the end died alone. Nikola Tesla, also a great inventor who shared the same fate. Spider describes Tesla’s fate“ He died broke in 1943­eight months before the Supreme Court proclaimed him the true inventor of the radio”(67). Both just being reduced to a nobody who should have been credited for their scientific discoveries. Their ambition has caused much destruction to the one responsible but it does not just end there.The effects of one person’s ambition has the ability to affect people around them. Destruction does not stop at just one person but has a ripple effect. With ambition and
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