What Impression Is Given Off Robert Walton in the Opening Letters?

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What Impression is given off Robert Walton in the opening letters?

Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelly and published in 1818 is the revolution of literature with Science fiction. Shelly begins her novel with the introduction of Robert Walton through four consecutive letters written over the course of 8 months to his ‘darling sister’; Mrs Margaret Saville. Robert Walton is shown as a free minded pioneer who wants to discover ‘land surpassing in wonders’.
Letter I, in the very first letter Shelly impresses the readers with the courage and bravery of Walton who is discarding his sisters worries ‘no disaster has accompanied….evil forebodings’. Readers are immediately intrigued as to the complexity of this danger. Walton’s love of ‘undiscovered solitudes’ and his desire to find the ‘wondrous power’ of the north pole is ironic because the novel is a science fiction genre and the idea of discovering the north pole was the same until the 1800s. In addition, Walton’s desire for discovery can be portrayed as being naïve and desperate as he wants to feed his ‘ardent curiosity’ and ‘conquer all fears of danger and death’
In addition, Walton is highlighted to be a man with dreams who wants to leave an ‘inestimable benefit’ and wants to benefit all of mankind. This could be foreshadowing Victor Frankenstein’s desire to benefit mankind which creates trouble. Robert seems to be very motivated as his ‘dream of early years’ is about to come true. Hence, he is maybe someone who likes to follow their dreams despite all hurdles. ‘My education was neglected’, if in despite of having no education he is still was ‘very fond of reading’ and imagined himself ‘ in the temple where the names of homer and Shakespeare are’ which again highlights his determination to overcome hurdles as well as his lack of modesty.
‘I bore the disappointment’ he has had failure during the course of…...

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