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Faust and Frankenstein Goethe in Faust and Shelley in Frankenstein wrap their stories around two men whose mental and physical actions parallel one another Both stories deal with characters who strive to be the hero in their worlds In Faust the striving fellow Faust seeks physical and mental wholeness in knowledge and disaster in lust In Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein struggles for control over one aspect of nature and disastrously through the monster nature controls him to a much greater degree Many powers are much too mighty for mortal souls a lesson that Frankenstein and Faust learn by the end of their tales While voluntarily excommunicating themselves from society both characters accomplish a portion of their goal and yet they remain unhappy because they never control the perfect life they have built for themselves In Faust the intelligent gentleman Faust seeks spiritual wholeness in knowledge Through years of hard study Faust becomes knowledgeable in math sciences and religion and yet he becomes inept and incapable of having any romantic or physical relationships with the outside world As Faust strives to become the over man through knowledge he realizes that books will not satisfy his curiosity and that maybe sensual pleasures will Therefore in the process of creating his new life Faust becomes distant and unconcerned with all reality and humanity around him Obviously Faust has fallen into a inhumane state of living through the pursuit of the unattainable He becomes greedy desperate and feels justified in whatever it takes to achieve a position of the over man At that time Christians and society in general considered his pursuit for lust immoral unjust and irresponsible When Faust sets his sights on an object whether knowledge or women he demands nothing less of himself than that which will get it In many situations dedication to an act is reputable education sports career It seems then that to become the leader and pursue excellence one must
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