How do Victor and Walton compare and contrast in Frankenstein?

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Victor and Walton both embark on quests for knowledge that they hope will earn them fame and benefit humankind. Victor says that he considers wealth to be an inferior object, and he wants most to "banish disease from the human frame and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!" Walton hopes to see a land that no man has ever seen before, a country of eternal light, and he writes to his sister, Mrs. Saville,

you cannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind, to the last generation, by discovering a passage near the pole to those countries, to reach which at present so many months are requisite; or by ascertaining the secret of the magnet, which, if at all possible, can only be effected by an undertaking such as mine.

Both men long to make names for themselves by increasing the knowledge possessed by humankind. However, Victor, ultimately, seems not to have truly learned from his experiences; at the very least, he does not practice what he preaches to...

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