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What is Robert Walton searching for in Frankenstein?

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The beginning of Frankenstein opens not with the story of Victor Frankenstein but with letters written by Walton to his sister. In these letters, he tells her of the current journey he is on.

Literally, he is looking for the North Pole:

I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight. There, Margaret, the sun is for ever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour.

Walton has a very Romantic ideal of this untamed wilderness, which begs readers to consider what else he is looking for.

He also seeks adventure—to travel to and experience unknown lands with the thrill of danger ever present:

I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man. These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death.

Walton is also...

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Robert Walton is sending letters to his sister and he is looking for the North Pole but at the same time he is looking for a companion. He rescues Victor Frankenstein and from there the whole story becomes released of how Victor had created the monster and what havoc it created. Victor tells a cautionary tale and that he has learned his lesson far too late but tells Walton how he should be careful.