Volume 1: Letters 1-4 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Robert Walton: an explorer who writes to his sister Margaret in England; he encounters Victor Frankenstein on the Arctic ice and later records his horrible story

The Creature: a huge figure Walton sees traveling in a dogsled on the ice; later we learn that this is the “monster” created by Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein: a young scientist, unidentified by Walton in these letters, who is hunting for the monster he created

Letter One
The novel begins with a series of letters written by Robert Walton, a young English explorer, to his sister, Margaret Saville. Walton’s first letter, written from St....

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