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In "Frankenstein", what are Victor Frankenstein, Walton and the Daemon searching for?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:59 AM (Answer #1)

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 Vistor Frankenstein says himself that he "ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge and to" take my station among other human beings.". However, as his studies continued, he wanted to know more and more. He says, "In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder." He does this to the exclusion of other people. Gradually, he begins to withdraw from others in order to create his monster. After creating the monster, Victor is so horrified that he wants to destroy the monster and his does not want others to find what he has done.

His monster, on the other hand, desperately wants the attention that Victor turned his back on. He is alone and, because of his appearance, people withdraw from him. He finds some sense of belonging when his is with the DeLacey's, but eventually even they are repulsed by his appearance. The monster then turns his attention to wanting a bride, someone like himself, who he can share his thoughts and feelings with. Unfortunately, Victor destroys that dream when he destroys the bride.

 

Robert Walton  is obsessed with being the first to the North Pole. This suggests he also wants fame and adulation from people. However, after his encounter with Victor, he learns from Victor the story and returns to his family.

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