Volume 1: Letters 1-4 Questions and Answers
- What did Walton read during his childhood?
- What ambition of Walton’s ended in failure?
- How did Walton prepare for his expedition?
- What is the one thing Walton feels is missing from his life?
- What did the ship’s master do for his fiancee?
- To what poem does Walton allude?
- Why has Victor traveled so far north?
- What does Walton say that causes Victor to call him an “unhappy man”?
- How does Walton feel about Victor?
- Why does Victor decide to tell his story?
- Walton read his uncle’s books about expeditions to the Arctic.
- Walton says he failed in his ambition to be a poet.
- Walton prepared for his expedition by enlisting as a sailor on whaling ships; studying math, science, and medicine; and getting used to cold, hunger, thirst, and lack of sleep.
- Walton feels he is missing the companionship of a true friend.
- The ship’s master gave his fortune to the man his fiancee loved and left Russia so the two would be free to marry.
- Walton alludes to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
- Victor has traveled north in pursuit of the other man on a sledge Walton and the sailors saw from the ship.
- Walton says he would sacrifice everything to gain the knowledge he seeks.
- Walton feels great affection and sympathy for Victor and says he has come to love him like a brother.
- Victor decides to tell his story because he believes Walton might be able to draw a useful moral from it.