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The Dangers Of Ambition In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Ambition as propelling it is, however can lead to the demise of the person influenced by it. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, informs the reader of the consequences of ambition, by telling a story of man named Victor Frankenstein who is overwhelmed by his ambition to see the atrocities he commits. In his ignorance created a monster who served to be Victor’s mistake as he slaughtered his family members. The novel illustrates the dangers of ambition because it is the main reason of Victor’s downfall. Pursuing a desire too strongly as to cause obsession is what destroyed Victor. Depending on one’s ambition can lead to tremendous leaps of advancement for mankind or its inevitable destruction. Thus, Victor Frankenstein demonstrates that tragic…show more content…
His mind slowly deteriorating while in Ingolstadt, relentlessly continued his ambition. Victor, while experimenting on life and death slowly lost his mind. Victor when creating the monster described his feelings saying, “Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a toent of light into our dark world” (Shelley 51). Victor unaware of his actions crossed moral taboos placed at society during the time, such as the act of god. Victor nearing the end of his ambition was blinded by the creation of immortality. His experience with death persuaded him to continue on with mindset of creating the creature was best for the benefit of mankind. Without the tragic death of Victor’s mother, he would have not had continued in his endeavor to create the
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