The power and ambition
The power and ambition, two dominant themes, are prominent in the books. The thirst for power is the main fuel for the ambition in the two characters. Macbeth is ambitious and willing to do anything including slaying of innocent people. For this, Macbeth and his wife lose connection with people and become isolated and distant with their family and friends to the extent of betraying them. Likewise, Victor Frankenstein is ambitious. He undertakes a project to create the monster. While immersing himself in his work, he ultimately locks out all the individuals from his life focusing only on his creation.
Evidently, in the wake of their ambition, it is visible that the characters in the story overcome emotion and trample on the idea of innocence in order to achieve their aim. The actions work towards presenting their lack of appreciation of human life. Victor blames the act of violence done by the monster on Justine who is executed despite her innocence. Victor feels very little remorse but thinks that the idea was within an ultimate plan. Similarly, Macbeth harbors no remorse for the murders he commits without apathy especially of the children and women who are killed. Despite his lack of emotion, the Macbeth is haunted by his conscience of the actions.
Both characters are afflicted by hallucinations. In the case of Macbeth, he has visions of a floating dagger with voices urging him to murder Duncan. The hallucinations, eventually, become truth where he kills Duncan when he visits. In a similar manner, Frankenstein perceived the visions of his creation despite not having undertaken the creation process. Based on the evidence mentioned in the essay, it is visible that the two characters are well deserving of their fate. Victor and Macbeth‘s ambition drives them to do unethical things which are harming to human life.
The flaws in the characters
Frankenstein and Macbeth are flawed characters. Each shares a desire to accomplish set goals based on their focus in life. They are both taunted and seduced by power. Victor is seduced by his intelligence in the field of science and philosophy while Macbeth is taunted by his desire for leadership. Based on these desires driven by power, they fall into an ethical path, which leads them to a dark path. Each has little value of human life, evident in Macbeth’s killing of Duncan and Victor’s support for the execution of Justine whom he blames for his monster’s violent actions.
The flaws in the characters present theirultimate fate of failure. In their selfish drives, the characters attempt to accomplish the impossible. For Victor, his desire to create life is to have something to control and ultimate have the ability and power to end life. In comparison, the selfishness of Macbeth causes his isolation and blinded ambition fueled by the divination of the witches, which leads him to kill Banquo, Duncan and other characters in order to ascend to the throne.
As flawed characters, it is in their ultimate plan to fail. Both Victor and Macbeth do not see the folly of their desires and actions blinded by their individual drive. With that in mind, they are not able to see their failure in their venture. Victor in the blindness of his pursuit becomes less human and ultimately becomes more monster than man becomes in his actions. In a similar manner, Macbeth is driven to the point of insanity mainly due to his confrontation by his conscience on the murders.