Victor's Ambition In Frankenstein Research Paper

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In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, she suggests that people should leave nature alone because if they try to control it, they will become corrupted through their ambition. Victor Frankenstein has a lot of motivation to unlock the mysteries of the world, but it will soon lead to his downfall because he becomes obsessed with gaining knowledge. Frankenstein alters nature’s true form by creating an animate object by killing and torturing animals, which suggests he does not respect nature. Nature will not preserve those who do not preserve nature. This is another factor that leads to Victor’s downfall because he kills nature’s creations, which is destroying a part of nature. Victor constructs a creation beyond human powers by messing with the …show more content…

Frankenstein’s ambition is not harmful, but as soon as it becomes an obsession for him, it becomes a danger to those around him. For example, he desires to discover how people decay, and what led to their corruption when he says, “I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body” (Shelley 37). His obsession becomes harmful to the world once he starts to torture animals and observe the dead. Victor creates a monster as a result of his ambition to unlock the secrets of mankind. The product of his ambition becomes a threat to everyone once it starts to kill people. The creator’s goal in life is to unwrap the mysteries of the world which are kept secret from humans. Victor’s desire for a better grasp on human nature leads him to craving knowledge about the world’s powers. Frankenstein says that he “will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of corruption” (Shelley 33). Victor’s ambition to gain knowledge and reveal the world’s secrets lead to his destruction because by generating a new way of life, this leads to the creation of the immoral creature that destroys those around him. Frankenstein’s desire for unfolding life’s secrets lead to his destruction because he becomes obsessed with his ambition, and his knowledge becomes …show more content…

For example, Victor gives life to a dead creature which is incapable for people to do. The creator believes that his creation has evil intentions in the world by wanting a companion just like him, so he thinks by creating another monster that both creations will soon be on a path to destruction. Victor tells the monster that, “your evil passions will be renewed, and you will then have a companion to aid you in the task of destruction” (Shelley 136). Victor thinks if he creates another monster, they will both have the same intentions in the world, which will lead to their destruction instead of his. In reality, Victor will become corrupted because he creates dangerous objects that no other man can make. The creation believes his evil creator will die first when he states, “I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery” (Shelley 158). No man can control nature, but the monster believes he can by assuring himself and Frankenstein that Victor is going to die before him. The monster believes he is more powerful than nature after misery corrupts him, leading to his downfall. Victor has created a monster that believes he can mess with nature, even though no man is powerful enough to do so. This leads to Victor’s life to be filled with death and despair because he has created a monster

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