Explore the contrast presented between the central eponymous characters in Frankenstein and Macbeth.

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The answer can be summed up in one phrase: overreaching ambition. Both the characters of Frankenstein and Macbeth are defined by their ambition that knows no limits and pushes them to exceed the bounds of sensible reason and break through important barriers of what should and shouldn't be done. Note what Frankenstein remembers his feelings were after starting university and hearing a lecture that suggested science could be used to bestow life on a human form:

So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein--more, far more,...

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