Comparing Authority In Macbeth And Frankenstein

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On the surface, it seems as if the book Frankenstein and the play Macbeth have little in common. When you read more thoroughly into the writings and find the underlying message that the author is trying to leave you with, you realize that the two books are similar. Both leave you with the message that knowledge is power and sometimes too much power can be your downfall. Macbeth and Frankenstein both took their power for granted, subsequently, it caused the consequences of their actions to be catastrophic. However, even though they both had the power, the motivations for that authority were very different.
In Macbeth and Frankenstein the main characters, both let their power control their actions and they did not think about anything else.
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Macbeth wanted the power all to himself and did whatever he could to gain the throne, however, Frankenstein believed that it was in the community and the earth’s best interest to use his power and knowledge to create his monster. The two were very different from each other even though what they both yearned was power. In the play Macbeth, he only wanted to become King and he was going to follow the prophecy until it happened, which is exactly what he did. In the first scene of the play, he even stated that “The prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies,” (1.4) he is saying that he must discover a way to overstep him on his journey to become King, and in his eyes, this meant killing him. Even though no one told him that he needed to kill the prince, he felt that this was the only way he could achieve his final goal. His extreme need for power caused him to kill and take over so many people, even though there were more ethical ways of doing it. As the book went on the killing became easier for him, after this conversation with the witches, “Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits. The flighty purpose never is o'ertook unless the deed go with it. From this moment the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand. And even now, to crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought …show more content…
They both let their newfound power and fame control their actions. Macbeth let his mind take over his body and did things that he would not have done before and Frankenstein let his god-like abilities get the best of him and created something he should not have. These actions for Victor and Macbeth ended in major consequences for the both of them that by no means did they see coming, and little did they know that they thing they desired most in life was going to be the thing that caused them to