In Frankenstein, what is the best description of the second man on the sled which Walton's ship comes across?Select the answer from the following options: physically drained and emotionally...

In Frankenstein, what is the best description of the second man on the sled which Walton's ship comes across?

Select the answer from the following options: physically drained and emotionally tormented; happy-go-lucky; high-spirited and charismatic; or depressed and suicidal.

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first man spotted is the creature, who is strong and whose dogs are still healthy since he is able to provide for them in any circumstance. 

The second man the men on Walton's ship spotted was Victor.  Only after they told him they were heading on through the ice and not returning to England did he agree to come on board.  He is emotionally spent and physically exhausted.  His health is in very poor condition, and even after Robert Walton personally tends to him, he eventually dies.  There are points during the story where Frankenstein appears to be making a complete recovery, but he lapses and dies soon after his story is told.  The final chapter occurs when the creature boards the ship in order to bid farewell to his "father/creator". 

sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The second man is Victor Frankenstein, who is in pursuit of the monster he created.  When discovered by Walton, he is physically drained and emotionally tormented.  Although he improves physically (to some extent), he remains emotionally tormented through the end.

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