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bambersmash | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM via web

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How are Robert Walton and Frankenstein similar?

How are Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein similar people? Anything, from aspirations, hopes and dreams, to their character.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 22, 2010 at 6:02 PM (Answer #2)

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They are both guilty of hubris which is extreme arrogance. Walton states in his letter to his sister that one of his goals for traveling to the Arctic is so that he can bring glory to his name; Victor hopes for the same for himself. Both men, because of their hubris, put others' lives in danger unnecessarily. Victor does so to the extreme but fortunately is able to convince Walton not to go too far with his excursion.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:19 PM (Answer #3)

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"I agree with you," replied the stranger; "we are unfashioned creatures, but half made up."

These are the words of Victor Frankenstein to Mr. Walton; shortly after Victor  arrives on his ship, Walton writes enthusiastically to his sister about how excited he is now to have a friend.  And, this idea of the importance of friendship, one highly valued by the Romantics, is stressed in Shelley's novel. 

Both Walton and Victor search outside themselves for something that they can discover, something monumental that will give them meaning and a sense of worth.

 

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dody91 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted December 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM (Answer #4)

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both of Walton and Victor are over ambitious

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hgcai3456 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM (Answer #5)

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How are Robert Walton and Frankenstein similar?

How are Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein similar people? Anything, from aspirations, hopes and dreams, to their character.

Robert Walton in the very begining had a thirst for adventure and wanted to leave a legacy. He wanted to challenge nature by travelling through the north pole to the Far East. Furthermore, Walton was very lonely and he had no friends. As a result, he saw Frankenstein as his friend. Victor Frankenstein did have a few friends like Clerval. However, he also wanted to challenge nature and god by bringing things back to life and creating his own beings. 

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