Although success is what most people strive for, it can lead to disasters that outweigh the positive things that come with it. Celebrities that have a taste of fame often let their successes get the best of them. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the success of the creation of a human leads to despair and loneliness. Einstein’s success in creating the atomic bomb was one of the causes leading to the Cold War and the arms race. Lindsay Lohan is one of the best examples of a fallen star.
As a young actress, she starred in many movies, including The Parent Trap. She was admired by many, who believed she would mature into a respected actress. However, in her teens and early 20s, her life took a sharp turn. Charges were made on her for irresponsibly drinking and for stealing. In addition, she let her success get to her head and she stopped caring about deadlines and showing up on time for filming. Previously a child star full of hope, Lohan is now looked at with shame for the person she has become.
Frankenstein, the scientist in Shelley’s novel, spent years studying and developing his creation of humankind. He spent his life on this project, and when he finally finished, he felt success – which was proved to be short-lived. He realized that what he created was not a human, but a monster. The death of Frankenstein’s loved ones by the monster only magnified the disastrous results of his scientific success. Albert Einstein and his fellow colleagues were asked to develop the atomic bomb in order for America to win the second World War.
At first, Einstein refused, rightfully fearing the disastrous results of successfully building and using one, but for the sake of creating one before Russia could, he gave in. The creation of the atomic bomb allowed the U. S. and its allies to win the war, but in the end, it created a new set of problems: the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. Success is often a positive event in life, but as the stories of Lohan and Frankenstein and the historical event of the atomic bomb have shown, it can be a double-edged sword. These examples demonstrate the possible dire consequence that come with success.