As seen in Frankenstein, is Robert Walton's ambition similar to Frankenstein's, as Frankenstein believes?

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Ambition is most certainly an issue for some of the characters depicted in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. In the opening of the novel, in Letters I-IV, readers are introduced to Robert Walton--a man bent on finding the "seat of magnetism." Walton readily admits to his sister, in the letters, that he fears his expedition may not end well (with his return). Through this, readers can assume that Walton recognizes that his journey may be his last.

Like Walton, Victor's obsession is linked to his ambition. He is willing to cross the ice fields in order to see that the life of his "son" is extinguished. Nothing but the creature's end (at this point) is important. Given that Victor has lost everything in order to bring his "son" to life, Victor's ambition has a far more negative outcome than the positive one Victor had hoped for: "A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me."

This said, Victor, after spending some time with...

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