What is the plot in Frankenstein?

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Essentially, an explorer called Captain Walton leads an expedition to the Arctic in order to gain scientific knowledge and find a Northwest passage that links the Atlantic to the Pacific through North America. His ship becomes surrounded by ice and, one day, his crew finds a man on the ice....

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Essentially, an explorer called Captain Walton leads an expedition to the Arctic in order to gain scientific knowledge and find a Northwest passage that links the Atlantic to the Pacific through North America. His ship becomes surrounded by ice and, one day, his crew finds a man on the ice. The man is Victor Frankenstein and he is, evidently, chasing the huge man that the crew saw in the distance the day before. Near death, Victor comes aboard the ship and tells Walton his story.

As a young boy, Victor became enamored of pseudosciences—like creating the elixir of life or the philosopher's stone—and he hoped for such achievements when he eventually went to college. When he learns that they are not real science, he turns to the creation of life. He cobbles together a superhuman being—taller, faster, and stronger than typical humans—out of the body parts of corpses. He intends it to be beautiful, but it is, instead, repulsive, and he abandons it.

Victor falls ill for quite some time; meanwhile, the creature leaves Victor's apartment and learns to fend for itself in a harsh and unfeeling world. When the creature is rejected by a family he'd hoped to befriend, he goes to Victor's home and kills Victor's brother. When Victor learns of the death, he too goes home. Soon, the creature confronts Victor and admits to the murder, requesting a companion or else he will continue to kill Victor's friends and family. At first, Victor agrees to comply, but when he tears the unfinished female creature apart, afraid of the danger the two might create together, the creature vows revenge. He kills Victor's best friend and, later, his new bride. Victor vows eternal vengeance and pursues the creature until he, himself, perishes. The creature boards Walton's ship to see the body of his deceased maker and cries, declaring that he will now take his own life. Walton's crew wants to return home, afraid that they will die on this journey, and the creature reluctantly agrees.

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