He suffers from hubris and believes that he is invincible, destined to complete this dangerous journey. It is because of the striking similarities between the two men that Frankenstein decides to tell Walton of his success and ultimate failure. Time and again, he warns Walton of the peril ahead. But that it is not so easy, especially when you have dedicated your life to one, single, brilliant purpose. He is initially inspired by the theory of galvanism, the use of electricity to stimulate matter.
Remembering all of the crimes that he has committed causes the creature to rethink his decisions and the decisions made by society. To add to his practical education, prior to this point, he worked as a second mate on a Greenland whaling ship, where he became a fine and able seaman. 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. And he is the first to write down this incredible story in his letters to his sister. Victor recovers somewhat, tells Walton the story of his life, and then dies.
This affection turns to pain as the family beats him and flees after witnessing his deformities. Shelley uses Walton to add validity to the novel. I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaged in endeavoring to bestow mutual pleasure-I was now alone. Victor is so afraid of something different how could he possible create something similar to it? I was, besides, endowed with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man. Ultimately, he meets and rescues Victor Frankenstein. Because of the creatures hideous looks and his obvious monster like demeanor he is treated with immediate rejection by anyone who crosses his path.
I look on the hands which executed the deed; I think on the heart in which the imagination of it was conceived, and long for the moment when these hands will meet my eyes, when that imagination will haunt my thoughts no more. Elizabeth Lavenza Frankenstein: Elizabeth is adopted by the Frankenstein family and raised to be the wife of Victor. Walton is a sea captain seeking a passage through the Arctic to the Atlantic. The creature has no one. This takes away any chance of him forming any real relationship. Victor teaches powerful lessons to Walton about the dangers of ambition. This man, of course, is Victor Frankenstein.
Analysis This letter and the following three, which begin the novel, use a literary device called framing, which, like a picture frame, sets up the major premise of the novel. At that age I became acquainted with the celebrated poets of our own country; but it was only when it had ceased to be in my power to derive its most important benefits from such a conviction that I perceived the necessity of becoming acquainted with more languages than that of my native country. Anything with an iota of humanness feels such a compulsion for friendship and emotional ties; anybody would be justified in going great lengths to find these things. He is created on a dark, dreary night in November. He is highly motivated and in his prime, a younger version of the weathered stranger, who had the same ideals at one point but has had to relinquish them.
But it is a still greater evil to me that I am self-educated: for the first fourteen years of my life I ran wild on a common and read nothing but our Uncle Thomas' books of voyages……… Now I am twenty-eight and am in reality more illiterate than many schoolboys of fifteen. In his second letter, Walton expresses a sense of loneliness as well as a strong desire for a companion. The novel deals with, among many other things, the theme of loneliness and its effects on the human psyche. This quote in particular reveals the egotistical side of the protagonist and namesake of Frankenstein. Did anyone else get a really bad feeling about this guy? Victor is weak and exhausted from chasing the Creature. Letters Home: Epistolary Frame Narrative You probably have some dreams and ambitions. There he learns language through the aid of discarded books and by clandestinely observing a nearby family.
A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their beings to me. Victor keeps his creation of the monster a secret, feeling increasingly guilty and ashamed as he realizes how helpless he is to prevent the monster from ruining his life and the lives of others. I had unchained an enemy among them whose joy it was to shed their blood and to revel in their groans. In the middle of the ocean, on sheets of ice, they spy a sleigh pulled by dogs with a large figure driving. Walton is searching for someone like himself, someone who he can share his thoughts and feelings with, and someone who will mirror and reflect those thoughts and feelings, as well.
His story is filtered multiple times. Both men are highly knowledgeable and behold a desire to discover and understand the unknown. Now that he has no one to accompany himself on his journey he has nothing to look forward to. Both Walton and the Creature want a companion who is like them, a companion to share their lives with, and both think that if they find this companion then their lives will be repaired and better for it. He still has the option to choose them above his own isolating ambition.
I shut my eyes involuntarily and endeavoured to recollect what were my duties with regard to this destroyer. Shelley and her contemporaries are no different. The creature is going to die with no one even though he tried to find companionship. Quote: There was none among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? This breeze, which has traveled from the regions towards which I am advancing, gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. I have no one near me, gentle yet courageous, possessed of a cultivated as well as of a capacious mind, whose tastes are like my own, to approve or amend my plans. Victor Frankenstein - The doomed protagonist and narrator of the main portion of the story.