Insanity In Frankenstein Research Paper

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How can we identify insanity? Is there a fine line between sanity and insanity? Albert Einstein stated that, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Even though this is an adequate explanation, there are still questions to be answered. How do most people differentiate sanity from insanity? Determining who is sane and who isn’t is all based on perception. For example, Dr. Frankenstein is viewed as insane for creating a monster. In actuality Dr. Frankenstein was just a scientist doing what he devoted his life to, but what makes him different from any villain who devoted their life to their cause? Insanity is determined by perspective. Shakespeare plays around with the idea of insanity by fanning the flames of ambition and greed. Supernatural events test the sanity of the main…show more content…
The prophecies told him that he would become Thane of Cawdor and king. The third and final prophecy given by the witches to Banquo. They told him that he would never be king, but his entire line would be kings. Over time Macbeth pondered on the thought of killing Banquo, so that his line would be kings. Macbeth becomes increasingly bitter, “Then, prophet-like, they hail'd him father to a line of kings upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my gripe.” (Shakespeare 3.1. 58-61). In what world is it acceptable to kill an innocent friend? Definitely not Macbeth’s, yet he completes the task with such ease. Macbeth starts off so close to Banquo. The two fought on the battlefield together, and protected each other. Even though Banquo is suspicious about Macbeth’s part in King Duncan’s death, he does not turn him in. That shows how true a friend Banquo is to Macbeth. Yet Macbeth still has Banquo killed because of some prophecies he hears from three witches. Macbeth killed his best friend out of greed and the lust for

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