Frankenstein Too Much Ambition Analysis

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Frankenstein: The Result of Too Much Ambition
The 1818 story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and his over desire to create life from death. After having a normal upbringing, Victor’s life turns upside down when his creature creates more problems than expected. It’s a story of caution, as that begins in the present and flashes back to see where Victor went wrong. The book has many themes, one of the biggest being ambition. It asks, when is too much ambition become a bad thing? Is it too much when a person devotes their life to science? Is it too much when a person pushes the laws of science? People who read the story can learn more about moral character and responsibility, and what the impacts of excessive
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It can affect their personal relationships, moral judgement, and sanity. Victor Frankenstein could have the freedom to create his own future, but as seen the wasn’t how things turned out. Ambition helps us to get to places- it lets us have grit. But too much ambition is destructive especially to our future. From the book, Victor is stripped of his happiness because of his ambition and loses his wife, his family, and his career. The ending, which is might be the only part where Victor receives redemption, is when he is finally coming to terms with his mistakes as his sails away with his monster on a boat. His selfless actions to make amends, is what allows Victor to get back on the hierarchy of needs and reach the level of self-actualization. Responsibility and ownership can help a person who has created a lot of mess get back on the right track. In fact, responsibility plays a huge role, in deciding where the line is between a healthy amount of ambition and an unhealthy amount. It can get a person to have aspiration again. But clearly in the book, too much ambition in a person’s character can contribute to their downfall of judgement, learning, and becoming a civilized person. In the case of Victor Frankenstein, if he had listened to Aristotle’s ideas on happiness, followed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and seriously reconsidered his relationship with science, his life and his overall happiness might’ve turned out more positively than it actually

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