Frankenstein Essay

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Frankenstein begins and ends with Waltons letters, In this essay I will show you that Mary Shelley did not insert the letters by chance, but that they add a deeper dimension to the novel itself.

Walton's letters play an important role because, the reader may find many foreshadowed themes, and as the novel progresses they will realize how Walton and Victor Frankenstein share similar views on their life's roles; as both men are driven by an excessive ambition, they both have a desire to accomplish great things for all of mankind. Walton is an explorer who wants to discover a new passage to the Pacific and therefore conjures "inestimable benefit on all mankind to the last generation" (16). Victor's purpose is to "pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation" (49). They will both demonstrate that pursuing such quests seeking knowledge may prove to be very dangerous. For example, waltons ship gets stuck in ice, and victors creation sooner or later kills/murders everyone that is dear to him. This is not the only comparison we can see we can easily compare Walton's search for a friend ("I have no friend, Margaret" (19)) with the monster's request for a female companion/mate because he feels alone in the world and feels he deserves someone ("I desired love and fellowship" (224)). This similarity between man and monster suggests that the monster perhaps is more similar to men than what we may think. Possibly, Shelley also shared this view when she had wrote the novel, maybe she meant that the real monster manifests itself differently than the common assessment.
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