What does Robert Walton tell us about himself in Frankenstein?

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We get to know a lot about Robert Walton via his letters to his sister. Although he is not speaking directly to the reader, we understand much about him via this method.

  • He likes to write letters—which was pretty common in that time period for both men and women
  • He is intelligent and well-read. Example? He quotes the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
  • He loves his sister. All of his letters are written to her and he spends a lot of time corresponding in detail.
  • He seems lonely. He mentions that he is friendless. 
  • He is an ambitious man—he says he is traveling North to the pole and this is a brave task no one has undertaken.
  • He is a good listener, as we soon find out once Victor Frankenstein arrives and launches into his life story.
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