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February 12, 2008 HUMN 3093 Response 3 Overreaching Ambition: The Male Hubris In her novel Frankenstein , Mary Shelley depicts the accounts of two men who are so strongly drawn to the pursuit of knowledge, that they inadvertently place their lives and the lives of those closest to them in harm’s way. They tragically succumb to their male hubris, showing that ambition if followed to dangerous extremes can have a dehumanizing affect on an individual: Robert Walton pursues his quest to the point where his men begin to threaten him with mutiny, even though his original intention was to confer an “inestimable benefit” on humankind by “discovering a passage near the pole to those [northern] countries”; Victor Frankenstein’s creation results in the death of innocent people and eventually in his own early death. Both men had hoped to help humankind with their discoveries; however, both fail miserably. Like Faust, the legendary medieval figure who sold his soul to the Devil in
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