He knows the guilt of endangering the lives of those who rely on you all for the sake of your own dreams. And notice that he's also the only one who ends up having an extended conversation with the monster? A popular destination was the European continent. He is the mediator between the two main characters which gives readers the opportunity to form ideas and opinions outside of those given by Frankenstein and the monster. Eventually, all of Victor's loved ones die, and he is completely isolated. Victor abandons the creature and falls deathly ill. Analysis: The monster tries to persuade Victor to make him a mate. Walton captains a North Pole—bound ship that gets trapped between sheets of ice.
They form a fast friendship, based on mutual ambitions, and Walton attentively transcribes Victor's story. Walton is lonely and ends up thinking only of himself by taking an entire crew on a suicide mission, but it is the combination of his loneliness and his desire for discovery that came from being self- educated that have lead him to this point of selfishness and danger. When he heard the sound of my approach, he ceased to utter exclamations of grief and horror and sprung towards the window. It tells of his physical weakness after having chased the monster through the harsh conditions of the North, as well as his emotional distress and deep sorrow and remorse. There he loses contact with his loved ones, and especially with his Elizabeth, whom he is betrothed to marry.
Because of Victors situation and the things that he has gone through, Victor finds himself trapped in his thoughts. Walton wishes to accomplish greatness in a land that no man has yet to travel to and seems as though he will go to extreme lengths to achieve this. It got tied in, distinctly, with nationalism and culture. So let me get this right—Victor asks Robert to kill a giant creature made from dead body parts who has proven heretofore indestructible and bent on vengeance to anyone who does him wrong. I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling. Walton's intense desire for discovery and the unknown, to the point that he would risk his life at sea, molds him along the lines of the epic hero type. This theme is relevant throughout the novel.
Walton's values are definitely questionable. Once Victor's monster was unleashed, he could not be drawn back again. At the height of his obsession, Victor basks in his self-appointed loneliness. Victor has no one; because of what he has so recklessly unleashed, his life has been made desolate. These adventures would provide a source for growth and material for writing, as seen throughout Shelley's Frankenstein. Both Walton and the Creature long for a companion to take them out of the loneliness they live in every day. Many quotes, including this one, provide support of this by showcasing the many sides of the multifaceted character that Marry Shelley develops.
This trait of Victors adds an imperfection to his character, something Foster would describe as symbolic. All of this loss perhaps inspired her 1826 novel The Last Man about a plague that wipes out all of humanity, save one lonely person. Through letters addressed to his sister Margaret Saville, we learn that Walton has traveled to Northern Europe and has hired a boat and crew to find passage through the North Pole to North America. But see, that's where he's wrong. Walton Makes His Decision Yes, the choice remains to Walton to walk away, to save himself and his crew.
Walton, with a desperate desire for a companion that is as passionate and intelligent as he, is taken by the man and develops an admiration for him. 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. . This takes away any chance of him forming any real relationship. What would you be willing to give up to achieve them? It is through these letters that Walton narrates the tale of Dr. He has no one to comfort him and this leads to the madness of creating the monster.
Having nothing else to do with himself, as Victor contemplates everything that has happened to him, the situation, involving the monster and even his family life, worsens. The first character we meet is named Robert Walton. However, deep down, Walton is a man seeking fame. Now that he has no one to accompany himself on his journey he has nothing to look forward to. In a sense, he sees himself as a savior to the world because of his discoveries.
Unfortunately he does not connect at all with the other men, even though he is very fond of his lieutenant and the ship's master. Maybe gathering dead body parts out of charnel houses and graveyards, constructing a giant creature, and bringing it to life isn't such a great idea? If your goal, however, includes gathering dead body parts, assembling them, and injecting them with the essence of life and a bit of electricity,. Both men lack a permanent home, lack a lasting relationship from which they may obtain love, sympathy or support, they actually lack any relationships at all. Shelley uses Walton to add validity to the novel. However, he is ultimately scorned by the family and then violently pushed away by other people. Understanding the Novel Quote: If you had seen the man who thus capitulated for his safety, your surprise would have been boundless.