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Macbeth is the protagonist in the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare; He is a tragic hero causing himself pain from his own flaws, leading to his death. Where as Frankenstein’s monster, the creation of the protagonist Victor in “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley is a noble savage, an outsider and the innate goodness of humanity when free from the corrupting influence of civilization. With out this corruption he would have been a civilized, wonderful individual. This opinion and the statements above are supported in the following essay with quotes and texts from the two different novels. Represented in both Macbeth and the Monster is the fact that they both represent the possibility of a new start. The monster essentially benevolent, innocent and freed from prejudice; newly created with a fresh mind and Macbeth the one who was just given the “Thane of Cawdor” title representing a whole folk who look up to him and hope for a new start after their “Thane of Cawdor” had just failed to be faithful. Macbeth and the Monster as well both release their Anger of not getting what they crave for by killing; Macbeth killing the King, longing for the Title and the Monster killing William longing for the companionship and the need of a partner.

They release their sorrow with bad deeds and horrible mistakes and decisions. As soon as the evil side has taken over Macbeth and the Monster they both long for control. Macbeth wants to take control by getting the king’s title and making the decisions in the country and the Monster wants to take control of Victor Frankenstein’s life (his creator) to get what he want’s, which is a partner, and he does this by killing his Friend and Family around him leaving him alone and sorrowful. Represented in both Macbeth and the Monster is the transition from this new beginning to their “darker” side including evil deeds. When comparing the two looking at their differences you find a lot of these. Frankenstein’s monster is upset and turns to the evil side because as he learns about emotions and comes to desire love and companionship he gets rejected because of his physical repulsiveness where as Macbeth is upset because he doesn’t have everything he wants; talking about the King’s title, power over his wife and power over his mind which is going crazy letting him see things that are not actually real (appearance vs. reality). Frankenstein’s monster is an outsider, not noticed by the world, at the same time hiding to not get hurt differentiated to Macbeth who is a noble well-known young man who was just given the title of “Thane of Cawdor”.

Looking at Macbeth is very ungrateful wanting even more after just been given this title, unlike the Monster, which is just longing for companionship and love. Macbeth brought his own death upon himself through his evil and selfish deeds, unlike the Monster who brought death upon all the people around him letting out his anger on others. Macbeth’s evil deeds come from his immoral and foul wife and the prognostication of the evil witches who have an effect on Macbeth himself, where as the Monsters evil deeds come from his own unhappiness of how he looks and his lack of fellowship and closeness to other individuals. Macbeth is a tragic hero because he was seen as a hero; the one who was just given the title “Thane of Cawdor” and will now make a change and be loyal to his folk but the tragedy about this is that he ruins this with his own mistakes, ruining himself. Frankenstein’s Monster is a noble savage because without the corrupting influence of the society the monster would have been looked at differently and integrated because of what the individuals see inside him and not what they see outside of him; judging the monster by his appearance. Concluding, based on what I have analyzed in the above I agree with the statements this is because..

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