How are Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein similar in the novel Frankenstein?

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Robert and Victor are both men from a similar social class who come from supportive families. Each has a sensitive nature and the desire to do good for the human race. They also feel an affinity for each other, especially as each is lonely and isolated when they meet in the Arctic.

Their biggest similarity is their ambition. Both want to make important scientific discoveries that will have an impact on the world. Both have pursued their goal relentlessly and isolated themselves in the process. Both are willing to take risks in the pursuit of knowledge.

Victor's overwhelming desire to create life from inanimate body parts causes himself to drive himself into a nervous state that isolates him and ruins his health. Yet despite his inordinate ambition, he creates a life that seems to him to be monstrous. He has tried to play God and has, instead, caused disaster.

Robert learns from from Victor's mistake. Rather allow his ambition...

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