Frankenstein Comparative Essay

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Nate Schramm Kusak AP English Lang Due 4/3/23 Pursuing a personal belief or ideology is a fundamental part of the human experience. This desire to accomplish one aspiration is somehow part of everyone's lives. This yearning feeling can be seen in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. However, this pursuit has negative consequences on individuals and society altogether. It can result in sacrifice, selfish behavior, and being led down the wrong path, as also shown in both ‘The Winter Solider’ from Marvel and the ‘The Battle of the Labyrinth’ by Rick Riordan. Now, these sources might differ in stories and how they may seem, but they share very similar values according to this theme. Therefore, it is essential to realize that the pursuit of …show more content…

However, instead of rising to the occasion, his only response was to cower before his creation. Frankenstein says, “For this, I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardor that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart (Chapter 5).” Victor made a monster without thinking about its consequences because he was motivated by achieving glory. Unfortunately, his choice caused him and his family a lot of trouble. Other than this, he was happy when he eventually achieved his goal of bringing his creation to life, but he quickly met the effects of his actions. Victor's pursuit of glory and his ideology, finally brought his downfall since he did not factor in the potential risks of his experiment. Victor’s creation and experiment are a warning about the …show more content…

Riordan shows how Annabeth’s quest for her mother and Nico’s belief that he is unwanted results in serious consequences for what they both desire and believe. The consequences shown in this novel are approached in a much different way than shown in both ‘The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Frankenstein’ because the consequences that come from Annabeth and Nico’s journey and beliefs are more primarily focused on their characters and their immediate surroundings, but they still face strong ramifications in the end. For example, Annabeth says to Percy, “Annabeth's face was pale and tear-streaked. She looked like she'd just stepped out of a tornado. 'I'm sorry,' she whispered. 'I messed up. I shouldn't have tried to find Daedalus on my own''”. Annabeth's personal belief that she needed to find and confront her mother, Athena, led her to decide to try and find Daedalus on her own. However, her choice ultimately led to disastrous consequences for her and her friends. Annabeth's face is described as "pale and tear-streaked", indicating her emotional turmoil and regret for her actions. Similarly, Nico's belief that he was unlovable and unwanted led him to push away his only friend, Percy, and be left alone and in danger. As he is stranded in cave miles underground, with no way out, he reflects that "he had never felt so alone" and that he had "been betrayed by his only friend." The consequences of his personal belief are directly illustrated

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