October 5 2011
Macbeth vs. Victor
Within the works “Macbeth” and “Frankenstein” are two stories that are centered on a life making tragic flaws leading to a downfall. The two protagonists Macbeth and Victor have many similarities and differences. They tend to have a sense of blindness and selfishness throughout the two books, which digs the characters into a deeper hole making it even harder for them to come back from their doings. The two characters differ in the way they treat their family, whether it’s keeping them close or keeping them away knowing they will be shameful. The two characters have a great ambition for completing their goals in life. One might think that ambition is a great thing which it can be, but it can be used in ways that lead to a horrible outcome, making these stories well known for the tragedy and gothic feel.
In life, we have to be triggered by something to accumulate the fuel of ambitious momentum. This fuel comes in many different ways for different people whether it is of sorrow or happiness. If someone is not wary of the consequences and obstacles for ambition, then it can turn for the bad. In Frankenstein, Victor is fueled by the death of his mother. He wants to seek a replacement for her death since he feels a gap in his heart “that the brightness of a beloved eye can have been extinguished and the sound of a voice so familiar and dear to the ear can be hushed, never more to be heard”(pg. 29). So he went to Ingolstadt for his studies, in which he desired to acquire knowledge and fulfill his desires. He goes so far to accomplish something; he isolates himself from the world for a long period of time. In Macbeth, Macbeth was fuelled by the prophecy he heard about from the witches” All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (act 1.3 pg. 9). Then as his wife found out, she pushed him into killing Duncan saying that he’s not a man for doing it. Macbeth was innocent until he committed the murder, and...