Essay about Why Does Frankenstein Begin And End With Walton's Letters?
Victor Frankenstein is a scientist whose ambition will be fatal. His story is central to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Nevertheless, Shelley gave a frame to Victor's tale as Frankenstein begins and ends with Captain Walton's letters. In this analysis, I will show that Shelley did not insert the letters by chance, but that they add a deeper dimension to the novel.
Walton's letters play an important role for the reader may find many foreshadowed themes. As the novel progresses, the reader will realize how Walton and Victor Frankenstein share similar views on their life's roles. Both men are driven by an excessive ambition, as they desire to accomplish great things for the …show more content…
Walton and Victor Frankenstein's ambition is similar but contrary to Victor's, Walton's ambition is not fatal. His decision to terminate his pursuit can be seen as a result of Walton's influence. One can easily understand that in the light of the tragic elements that happened to Victor (his creation killed his brother, best friend and wife and causes indirectly the death of his father), how any rational mind would take the same decision. This difference between these two main characters projects Victor's excessive ambition and it is obvious that one of Shelley's aims with this novel was to inform the reader of the dangers of science if the desire for knowledge is taken too far. However, it is important to show that Victor as a character did not always insist on the dangers of an expedition such as Walton's. On the one hand Victor