Macbeth and Frankenstein comparison

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Macbeth and Frankenstein

Quest for Power (Macbeth wants to be King, Victor wants to create life)

-Both have great ambition, get carried away and do unethical things, resulting in the death of innocent people


-Macbeth visions the dagger floating, and hears voices talking to him after he murders Duncan

-Victor thinks he sees the creature, but he's not there


-Witches in Macbeth

-The Creature in Frankenstein


-Macbeth is disloyal to the previous king (Murders Duncan when he's visiting his home)

Frankenstein is disloyal to the being that he created and abandoned it

Lack of appreciation toward human life

-Macbeth wilfully takes the lives of others to gain power

-Victor Frankenstein creates life but doesn't consider that humans are more than flesh and bones

Their lack of appreciation of life results in the loss of their own lives.

Both Victor and Macbeth have great qualities. Victor is smart and curious.

He wants to fight disease and discover the mysteries of nature. Macbeth has a high ranking in society and has authority. They are both very well off and have good families but get greedy and end up ruining what they have. Macbeth gets carried away with his experiments and ends up losing all of his family and friends, and dies in the end of the story. The same thing happens to Macbeth. He gets carried away with his thirst for power, that he kills people even after he gains the throne, and ends up losing his friends and family, and also dies in the end of the story.

Both Macbeth and Frankenstein are powerful, ambitious characters. However, they have very different ambitions and desires. Macbeth's ambition is to become king by committing murder whereas Frankenstein's is to create life. For example "I will pioneer a new way,