The novel itself begins with a series of letters from the explorer robert walton to his sister, margaret saville walton, a well-to-do englishman with a passion for seafaring, is the captain of a ship headed on a dangerous voyage to the north pole. Frankenstein is an expostulation of humanity, specifically of the human concept of technical progress, science, and enlightenment, and a deeply humanistic effort full of empathy for the human state of our own condition.
The story about the creature would be merely hearsay if not for walton's personal encounter with frankenstein and his creation shelley uses walton to add validity to the novel also, note that the letters to margaret saville in england have the initials ms, which could also be interpreted as shelley's own initials. As the main protagonist, victor frankenstein does benefit captainwalton. In frankenstein, the protagonist, confined to a bed on a ship in the arctic, recounts to walton the story of how he got there both start in medias res, and in both, considering that the past is told in flashback, the actual time elapsed is rather short. Robert walton in mary shelley's 1818 masterpiece, frankenstein, serves as a powerful foil, or contrasting character, of victor frankenstein walton narrates the novel in epistolary form , through.
In 'frankenstein' by mary shelley, the theme of questionable motives is a reoccurring one, of which many become apparent at the very beginning of the novel in the letters sent from walton to his sister, margaret during letter one, arguably the most important character in the novel, robert walton, is introduced where he notifies margaret of. - walton's letters in mary shelley's frankenstein 'frankenstein' is a gothic, science fiction novel written by mary wollstonecraft shelley it was written in switzerland in 1816 and london in 1816-1817. Related questions aside from personal glory, what two benefits to mankind does walton hope to achieve in frankenstein 1 educator answer when walton listens to his men and turns his ship homeward.
Walton interrupts his letter upon hearing a disturbance in the cabin where victor's body lies he returns to tell margaret that he has just seen the monster crying over victor's corpse to walton's shock, the monster says he suffered remorse and pity for victor all along. Walton's desire for a friend establishes a major thematic meditation of the text: that being alone in the world creates the desire to have a circle of family and friends this desire of walton's mirrors the later desire of the monster to have a companion. When we first meet robert walton, he's writing to his sister about his ardent curiosity and his desire to confer inestimable benefit on all mankind (letter 12) and his resolved will to trac[e] a secure way over the pathless seas (letter 35. Project gutenberg's frankenstein, by mary wollstonecraft (godwin) shelley this ebook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Frankenstein or, the modern prometheus is a novel written by english author mary shelley (1797-1851) that tells the story of victor frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
Frankenstein followed the creature out of a desire for revenge he was furious and filled with hate for the monster he created the murderer of those he loved, particularly the vengeful murder of elizabeth. The character of captain robert walton parallels the character of victor frankenstein, the mad scientist in many ways walton, like victor, is an explorer who has become completely consumed with a specific task. Robert walton, the sailor we meet in the letters at the beginning of the book and to whom we return at the end of the book, is looking for a passage through the north pole in fact, he says in a.
Because he parallels victor in this way, robert walton is a double of victor, whose actions, by mirroring or contrasting victor's own, serve to highlight victor's character and various themes in frankenstein. How does the novel frankenstein benefit from walton as a narrator by alex hewitt the beginning and ending of the novel frankenstein are written in epistolary form as a series of letters from robert walton, to his sister.
Letters i-iv and chapters 1-3 content find two specific examples of direct and two specific examples of indirect characterization (of walton) in his letters i-iv. The creature: a huge figure walton sees traveling in a dogsled on the ice later we learn that this is the monster created by victor frankenstein is victor frankenstein identified by name no victor frankenstein: a young scientist, unidentified by walton in these letters, is hunting for the monster he created.
He wishes, as does frankenstein, to provide mankind with an inestimable benefit and, perhaps more importantly, to achieve great personal glory walton, like frankenstein, also has an ardent curiosity to find out that which is unknown and it is perhaps this which drives walton to the north pole and frankenstein to creating the monster. Robert walton - the arctic seafarer whose letters open and close frankensteinwalton picks the bedraggled victor frankenstein up off the ice, helps nurse him back to health, and hears victor's story. Study guide - frankenstein by mary shelley prologue 1 the novel begins with a series of letters in which the narrator of the novel is writing his thoughts and plans to his sister.