Ambition : The Soul Of Frankenstein

962 WordsSep 2, 20144 Pages
"So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein — more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (Shelley 42). Although the degree may differ, ambition exists within everyone. This ambition can lead to great successes or devastation depending on the choices the individual makes. Likewise, ambition can be either hindered or advanced by several factors. Victor Frankenstein possessed unsurmountable ambition which was influenced by several elements. From a young age, he was blessed with many privileges; he was given several opportunities and resources to advance his knowledge. Instead of using his knowledge for good, however, he let his ambition blind him, thus leading to his destruction. Victor Frankenstein’s childhood, aspiring ego, and university experience all lead to the corrosion of his prospective education. Victor Frankenstein’s childhood influenced his ultimate destruction. From a young age, Victor had “an eager desire to learn” (Shelley 33). His parent’s supplied him with several resources to better his education path such as easy access to books and eventually a chance to attend a university. He enjoyed learning and was able to increase his knowledge due to the assistance of his parents, but his focus was too narrow. He chose “not to learn all things indiscriminately” (Shelley 33). Rather he focused on “the physical secrets
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