Why is Walton going to the North Pole in Shelley's Frankenstein?

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As a foil to Victor Frankenstein, Robert Walton also seeks "the country of eternal light," knowledge not yet in anyone's possession. He writes to his sister of his desire to visit what he considers "the region of beauty and delight" where the sun is visible continually, a sun that "diffuses a perpetual splendor." It is a part of the world that has never been visited before, a place where he may be the first to "tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man." Further, Walton hopes to ascertain "the...

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