Once again, they are indissolubly linked it is as though they have become the same person. But Frankenstein is also prejudiced, and cannot stand his creation's ugliness. It does not seem that he really belongs on this mission, with so little experience, but he refuses to let this dream go. Can he be at peace or will he always wonder if his choice was cowardice, not wisdom? Time and again, he warns Walton of the peril ahead. Victor Frankenstein - The doomed protagonist and narrator of the main portion of the story. Does this sound like a man who's repentant that he created in more ways than one a terrible monster? But a strange thing happens.
Is this to prognosticate peace, or to mock at my unhappiness? The fact that literary critics exist indicates that those of us in the Western World have too much time on our hands. Waldman: This professor was very unlike his colleague. Henry Clerval, Victor's school friend, also serves as a foil since he is interested in ethics and Victor is not. Walton, for his part, has learned little from Frankenstein's tale: he is consumed with curiosity about how one might generate life, and bitterly laments the termination of his voyage. And so Walton survives the novel.
However, deep down, Walton is a man seeking fame. He relays to his sister that he has felt a sense of sadness at his own ignorance, and he wants to improve himself and expand his knowledge. Victor even gives us a little more evidence that he's just victim of his genes by pointing out that he had a happy childhood: My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence. It is not surprising at all that Walton gives a huge and exciting welcome to Victor when he boards his ship and listens so intently to his stories. The power of Elizabeth's love to make Victor and Clerval better and more humane.
Walton recognizes someone who is like himself and someone with whom he can identify. Character 8 Justine Moritz Justine Moritz is an adopted daughter in the Frankenstein family. This time, however, there is a regular-sized human there, asking to where the ship is bound. The monster awakens, from 1831 illustration Both Characters Face Loneliness of Ambition Robert Walton is a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Like an aborted child, he was unwanted by his parent, and was never permitted to fully develop: he is a monster, not-quite-human, but with the capacity for humanness.
Once actually on the voyage, things are going well. That is until his ship gets trapped between impassable ice. Clerval's optimism also stands in contrast to Victor's gloominess. Robert Walton: The novel opens with letters from Rober Walton to his sister. You may deem me romantic, my dear sister, but I bitterly feel the want of a friend. He admits this is a romantic, emotional need, but it is there. Frankenstein might still have some issues to work out—and, given what happens to this perfect Romantic and everyone he loves, that Mary Shelley might have some issues to bring up with her husband.
Will he forever read disapproval in the faces of friends and loved ones, even if it's not there? Monster has killed Clerval in Ireland; Victor is blamed; two month's fever, in prison. They feel the drive of curiosity and the urge to push back the frontiers of knowledge, to be the first man to do or see something. Elizabeth writes Victor a love letter reminding him that he is loved. The novel begins, in classical epic form, in medias res, in the middle of things, and then launches into a series of flashbacks which quite conveniently provide non-omniscient narrators with the ability to foreshadow coming events. As he prepares for voyage by taking practice trips in the North Sea of Russia, he is worried that he has no friend on the trip who will be able to sustain his disappointment should the dream not work out.
The monster always found painful the doing of evil, has been miserable and remorseful. At the same, Walton is also kind of like the monster. The monster talks to old man De Lacey; both are innocent outcasts. The question is, what does it mean? Compare the monster and Victor for selfishness and for temper. Blessings and feelings of gratitude are the prizes that he seeks.
Adolf Nordenskjold later completed this expedition through the Northwest Arctic Passage in 1878-79. He records the incredible tale in a series of letters addressed to his sister, Margaret Saville, in England. He doesn't say anything about whether he's actually wrong—he's just worried about being perceived as wrong. Though the monster is originally kind and sensitive and wants nothing more than to be loved and accepted, it is surrounded by people who judge it as evil because of its terrible appearance. Read an Robert Walton - The Arctic seafarer whose letters open and close Frankenstein. This affection turns to pain as the family beats him and flees after witnessing his deformities. Walton meets the monster; the monster sorrowful at Victor's death.
Monster kills Elizabeth, Alphonse dies from grief and old age. However, Victor enters the room on his wedding night and sees Elizabeth being killed by the Creature. There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour. It is this that is his inspiration to continue on his expedition north. These two seek more than just greatness; they seek to be remembered and revered for the work they have done. Victor has no one; because of what he has so recklessly unleashed, his life has been made desolate.