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What lesson(s) do you think Robert Walton has learned from listening to Victor’s story and watching him die? (What did Victor tell him to learn from it?)

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As he tells his story, Victor has offered Walton a number of pieces of advice. At one point, he tells Walton,

Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to the the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.

Victor wants Walton to benefit from his own experience. Walton's ship has been surrounded by ice for some time, threatening the lives of his entire crew. Consequently, his men have requested that, if the ship ever becomes free again, they immediately give up this enterprise and return to England. Walton wants to stay and continue his exploration, and he says,

The die is cast; I have consented to return if we are not destroyed. Thus are my hopes blasted by cowardice and indecision; I come back ignorant and disappointed. It requires more philosophy than I possess to bear this injustice with patience.

In other words, he has not learned to...

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