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Are the characters of Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein similar or dissimilar.

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  • Submitted: 30/09/2003
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Are the characters of Robert Walton and Victor

Frankenstein similar or dissimilar

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein are the two biggest narrators of the story but their style of narration is entirely different. We are introduced to Robert Walton through a series of letters he is sending to his sister, a Mrs Saville. Through these letters we learn about his character, his objective and motives. The letters tell us of what is happening to Robert Walton and tells the story from his point of view. It is through these letters that we are introduced to Victor Frankenstein. As the two bond, Victor Frankenstein agrees to tell his story of how he has come to be where he is and how he is, desolate. Although the story is being relayed in a letter to Mrs Saville from Robert Walton the words are meant to be straight from Victor's mouth and the tale is written in a novel format i.e. in chapters. In Robert Walton's narrative we are constantly reminded that he is writing in the present, telling his sister his emotions he is feeling while writing and what is happening at the precise

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