The Consequences of Man's Ambition

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1660 words
1660 words

Motivation is the main element towards success. Students, scientist, teachers and/ or any individual who wants to reach a goal needs to be motivated/ambitious. This motivation/ambition is what guides and keep people going. This ambition may be geared towards inventing/creating something, obtaining more money, and/or succeeding. The ambition people have are good, but sometimes lead to bad consequences. These consequences set the relationship between action and ambition. But, no matter what the goal is people with ambitions will not stop until their goal is met. Ambition towards obtaining something is what motivates people. For example Victor Frankenstein wanted to create a human being. As Mary Shelley writes in "Frankenstein", Victor Frankenstein wanted to be "the first to break through life and death ideal bonds"(231). His ambition was to create a human and to break these boundaries. But most importantly, he wanted to be recognized as the first individual to do this. This recognition would make him famous forever. The only thing he thought of was to break the boundaries of life and create a human creature.

Victor Frankenstein is not the only person who has had an ambition. People who are not scientist also have ambitions. Some ambitions could be to become very rich, be elected into office, enter a certain university, etc. These ambitions are very difficult to attain. But if people really want to meet their goal, they will not stop until this is meet. For example, a politician who wants to be elected will do anything on his power to get voters to vote for him/her. This may require for him/her to spend a lot of money on the campaign. Another example is a student who wants to enter a certain university. This student will try to me...

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... should always lead them in the correct direction, so that later on in life there are not regrets. The actions will make him/her feel successful or unsuccessful. Victor Frankenstein said after reaching his ambition, "but now that I have finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my hear"(Shelley,233). This is exactly the way a person will feel if inappropriate actions are taken. The ambition people have should always have positive results.


Bishop, J. Michael. "Enemies of Promise." The Presence of Others:Voices that Call for Response. 2nd ed. Ed Andrea A. Lunsford and John J.Ruszkiewics. New York:St Martin's Press, 1997. 255-263.

Shelley, Mary. "Frankenstein." The Presence of Others:Voices that Call for Response. 2nd ed. Ed Andrea A. Lunsford and John J. Ruszkiewics. New York:St Martin's Press, 1997. 230-235.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that motivation is the main element towards success. ambition towards obtaining something is what motivates people.
  • Explains that people who are not scientists also have ambitions, such as becoming rich, being elected into office, or entering a certain university.
  • Explains that motivations are related to ambitions, and that they lead people to success. ambitions towards having money are good because they make people want to come out of poverty.
  • Explains that science has solved many of nature's puzzles and greatly enlarged human knowledge. the ambition of victor frankenstein made him feel the first enthusiasm of success.
  • Explains that good ambitions sometimes lead to bad consequences, such as people hurting others.
  • Explains that scientists like victor frankenstein have ambitions that lead to bad consequences. the ambition of being the first to discover something causes greediness among scientists.
  • Opines that ambition and actions should work hand in hand. the student who wants to enter a university should focus on his social life, and the scientist should take actions that will help the earth.
  • Explains that ambition is a form of success because it makes people want something. ambition could cause people to go over limits.
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