In which way do the three narrators develop throughout the book "Frankenstein"?I so far have only started evaluating victor frankenstein. Basically all i have said is that that he...

In which way do the three narrators develop throughout the book "Frankenstein"?

I so far have only started evaluating victor frankenstein. Basically all i have said is that that he develops through interraction with the monster:

“But through the whole period during which I was the slave of my creature, I allowed myself to be governed by the impulses of that movement” (Victor Frankenstein – Page 148)

I have also said about how he gains more of an appreciation of nature.

I would appreciate any help! Thanks.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The narrator that probably changes in the most positive way is Robert Walton. In the beginning of the story, he is willing to do anything, including risk his own life and the life of his men, in his pursuit of science. He wants to make it to the North Pole but is stuck in ice and is endangering everyone's lives by insisting his ship stay where it is so they can continue their journey. After witnessing and hearing Victor's story, he decides that risking all for science is not worth the price and he turns back.

Victor, on the other hand, has not learned from his experience. Even when he is close to death, he encourages Walton to pursue his “glorious expedition.” Victor has endured illness, the death of most of his family, including his beloved wife, the death of his best friend, plus an arduous journey to the arctic circle, and yet he still cannot see that Walton and his men should break free of the ice, save their own lives and perhaps try another time.

The monster's development is perhaps the saddest of all. Although he was initially a good and decent creation, he has been turned into a revengeful creature though the actions of mankind. Victor's rejection of him, the DeLacey's fear of him, and Victor's destruction of his "bride" have all contributed to making the creature into a real monster. He tells Walton that he is going to commit suicide after their conversation. Whether he actually goes through with his plan or not, a once caring creature is now a beast.

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There is no button for "linebreak". Hitting enter/return makes a new paragraph. If you need a specific linebreak -- for example, if you are quoting from Shakespeare and want to preserve the linebreaks -- you can start a new line by pressing "Shift + Enter" simultaneously

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