This essay will focus on the way Walton's letters bring out the main themes that will increase the reader's understanding of the rest of the novel

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This essay will focus on the way Walton’s letters bring out the main themes that will increase the reader’s understanding of the rest of the novel.

In Walton’s letter, an important character is introduced, Victor Frankenstein. In the second letter, Walton regrets his lack of friends. He feels lonely and remote, unable to find a space in this world for him. When Walton meets the stranger, he picks him up as a friend he always wanted to have. Walton’s desire for companionship resembles the monster’s desire for a friend throughout the novel when he realizes he doesn’t speak the same language as the other people he meets.

This parallel between Victor and Walton seems to show that the two have things in common

The desire for knowledge and its impacts are important in these letters. The stranger tells Walton, “You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.”

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Walton, like Frankenstein is captivated by the desire to learn, and try to find answers to things no one knows about: “What may not be expected in a country of eternal light?”

Finally, Victor and Walton both have very loving family backgrounds. The beginning of the book starts with Walton sending letters to his sister Margaret to update her tells her that he is safe. Victor, on his side, is very loving to Elizabeth and marries her later on in the play.

The mood of the letters change from the beginning to the end. The first letter ...

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