Does ambition helps ones mind to drive the body to achieve and become prestigious? Or does it clog the mind, making it too focused on accomplishment, therefore ignoring what is right from wrong? Ambition distinguishes us one from another. It is dream of grandeur and greatness, but sometimes it is uncontrollable; making a person selfish, bringing grief to others. In the play Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ambition is a factor that drives people away from their ordinary selves. A main example is the character Victor Von Frankenstein, because of his over obsessive ambition, he became too focused on his work, and blinded to his negative consequences, which resulted in the death of his loved ones.
Victor’s ambition evoked him to become too focused on his work and neglectful of his other responsibilities. He became selfish to all his loved ones, rejecting all their kindness and love toward him. Victor avoids his fiancée so that he can concentrate on his work, “no. You can’t stay, Elizabeth.” (P.19) Elizabeth is a kind and understanding person, who has been trying to get in touch with Victor, but didn’t receive any reply in three months. This act clearly portrays how ambitious minds can harm the relationships of the people around you. Victor turned his ambition to obsession, ignoring what going on around him causing constant conflict with his best friend Henry who is always trying to help Victor, seeing him in constant torment state. Victor only sees Henry’s suggestion as a negative comment discouraging him from his work, but did he realize that Henry is only trying to help Victor from the endless work to achieve his ambition, causing damage between their relationships and made them mistrusting each other.
Ambition is often associated with negative characteristics such as, greed, intolerance, selfishness and drive for glory and power. In the play Victor was an example of these negative characteristics; blinded to the negative outcome of his...
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