Comparing Victor And Walton In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein '

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Frankenstein Alexis Tripp Block 2 Mr. Myer College Prep English 10 March 15, 2011 “Unhappy man! Do you share my madness? Have you drank also of the intoxicating draught? Let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips. (13)” Have you ever felt the need to exceed above the expectations of life? Well Victor and Walton did. These events led Victor into the series of unfortunate events which took tool on his life. We know the story of Frankenstein starts off with Walton, a character who’s on an adventure to achieve the unachievable. He’s put into this story as a character, that’s part of the “framed narrative” style of writing. A framed narrative is a type of writing that shows a story within a story. Mary Shelly puts the framed narrative in this story, to show us the connection between Victor and Walton, and Walton and the reader. Victor and Walton share many traits. They both wanted to achieve and exceed to higher expectations in life. The two of them wanted to do the unthinkable at a time, when the unthinkable was frowned upon. At the time the book took place, Romanticism was trying to gain acceptance. Romanticism was all about the common person, and the idea that nature was all they needed. Victor and Walton believed that nature could not do for…show more content…
As the reader you’re also being told the story of Victor Frankenstein. The connection between Walton and the reader is simply that they’re learning a lesson through Victor Frankenstein’s story. Mary Shelley, set up this novel to teach the reader a lesson through Walton. At the time this novel was written, Realism and Naturalism were slowly creeping upon the decade. During the Realism and Naturalism times scientific experiments and industrial movements were approaching. Being said, Mary Shelley was trying to show that scientific experiments led to unfortunate events in this book. Also, that Romanticism would lead a safe

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