Man and God College

In Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, the book examines a variety of aspects of ambition-----for instance, with Victor, ambition proves to be his undoing, and, in turn, Victor's example becomes a forewarning for Robert Walton; meanwhile, the Creature is, in a sense, Victor's child and thus inherits facets of Victor's ambition--but because the Creature is also a conglomerate of all the humans who embody him, he is thereby also symbolic of Mankind's ambitions that do not fully come to realization nor fulfillment, which is why readers can identify with the Creature's tragic elements. Frankenstein explores the repercussion of man and monster chasing ambition blindly. Victor Frankenstein discovered the obscure secret that allowed him to create life. And after Frankenstein discovered the source of human life, he became utterly absorbed in his experimental creation of a human being and it consumed his life completely. Victor's boundless ambition and his yearning to succeed in his efforts to create life, and to have his creation praise him as his creator for the life he gave it led him to find ruin and anguish at the end of his ambition. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardor that far...

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