Both Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein pursue greater knowledge and accomplishment. They both hope to be the first to discover new, ground-breaking knowledge and skill. Walton hopes to find a passage near the pole to the North Pacific Ocean to shorten the time it takes to make that trip, as well as to discover the power of the magnet. Frankenstein hopes to find a cure to disease and death by learning the secret to reanimating lifeless matter. Both are focused on their goals to the point of recklessness. Neither seems capable of predicting the dangers that may be involved in so persistently pursuing their goals. Both seem to have a one-track mind and will stop at nothing to reach the intended discovery. Both risk life and limb in the pursuit.