NAME TEACHER English Honors Pd. 12 9 November 2016 To Those Who Died in Pride Although usually associated with achievement, when pride is extended into the realm of hubris, it can be a fatal flaw due to the strong determination that drives further quests to one’s ends. This unfathomable hubris is discernible in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, and in Alexander Pope’s poem “An Essay on Man: Epistle I. Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe”, in which both main characters feel as though they can play with fire when they themselves are made of paper. Pope and Shelley’s works tell stories of men who try to be God-like, but, due to their hubris and obsession, bear a downfall. In Frankenstein, Victor, the primary narrator of the novel, is a egotistic, strong-willed, and knowledgeable man obsessed with the sciences. The death of everyone who he loves is caused by these hallmarks of his being and by the inanimate being which he brings to life. The creation of this monster results in Victor thinking he has attained a God-like status. Likewise, in an excerpt from Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Man: Epistle I. Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe”, man’s sin is the attempt to replace God by judging people for themselves. The element of pride is indisputable as a tragic flaw in both oeuvres because of thirst for knowledge and strong passion which leads to the creation of an irreversible mistake, eventually turning into a battle of revenge waged by both protagonists.