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Comparing Macbeth to Victor Frankenstein

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Key Question #37 #1 - Comparing Macbeth to Victor Frankenstein Macbeth and Frankenstein are two classical and highly known stories in English. Macbeth is a good man that has taken the wrong path. He is highly influenced by those around him and eventually turns into a monster himself. Victor Frankenstein is a knowledge hungry man who lusts for any new information in the world of sciences. Both characters make an error which causes severe consequences. In addition, both characters also make these errors without thinking of the consequences properly and thoroughly. With this combination, one would think that they brought this upon themselves. However, for both stories this is not the case. The reader can feel sympathetic and empathetic at the same time for these characters. In a way, both characters are insatiable. In Macbeth, upon being told by the three witches that he will become King of Scotland, he becomes crazed over the idea. ...read more.

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In reality, it is a big stepping stone in the field of science but it was completely blasphemous and un-natural. In both cases the reader could feel empathetic at the lack of thought that any of these characters put into their descisions. Also, both characters are disloyal. In Macbeth, King Duncan is killed because of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth, in a sense, hypnotized Macbeth into going along with the plan by making him feel like less of a man if he didn't. In doing so (killing Duncan), Macbeth would be killing a dear friend and a trusted ally, who was nothing but nice to him. This shows how much of a monster he has become; not letting anyone get in his way. The audience, at this point, would feel empathetic towards Macbeth because this is the point where is starting to become an evil person. Similarly in Frankenstein, Victor betrays the very life that he created. ...read more.

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He abandons his creation, forgetting that it has a conscious. He abandons it as if it were a pile of metal, like a robot, and not as if it were made the same way as Victor, just a little different and uglier. In both cases the reader could feel either empathetic or sympathetic depending on how their relationship with the characters is since the start of the book. In conclusion, I would say generally the reader would feel sympathetic for both these protagonists. With all the understanding of circumstances that the reader undergoes, along with the characters, they would be able to understand exactly why and how these characters made their descisions. For example, in Macbeth, the protagonist is severely influenced by Lady Macbeth who, ultimately, decides his future for him. Similarly in Frankenstein, Mr. Waldman helps cultivate his ambition to study the sciences. If these events never occurred to both characters, the end results of the stories wouldn't be the same and probably less tragic. This is the factor which I believe makes the reader feel sympathetic. ...read more.

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