Throughout Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the readers see how ambition and fallibility affect both Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist, and Robert Walton, the narrator.
Robert Walton is the first character to be introduced in the novel. The letters he wrote to his sister, Margaret Saville, reveals information about his voyage to England. Walton is a sea captain trying to be the first to find the North Pole, he believes that if he can find it then he can discover an easier route for ships. Even though his father disapproved of his decision, and the seas are very dangerous, Robert still decided to chase after his dreams this shows the amount of determination he has. Robert is the character who frames the story of Frankenstein.
Something Victor and Robert have in common is that they are both thirsty for more knowledge, they both want success more than anything. Robert had to make a sacrifice to start his journey, he had to leave his family behind and travel far from home. A major sacrifice Walton made was disobeying his father, in his letter to his sister he says, “my father's dying injunction had forbidden my uncle to allow me to embark in a seafaring life.” yet he still went. However, Walton wasn't the only one to sacrifice his family, the “stranger” did the same thing; the so called stranger is Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein leaves his family, including the girl he planned to marry at home so he can go off to college to study science, but to make things worse he creates a monster that ends up killing most of his family.
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