The Exploration Of The Strangers In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Many people wonder what is out there, but there are reasons why people shouldn't rush into exploring the unknown. In Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, three storytellers who are also the main characters tell the reader about their life stories. One main character named Robert Walton goes on an exploration to the north pole. On his expedition, he meets a stranger named Victor who tells Robert about his strange story of how he created life in the form of a creature. Victor explains how this creature, which he had created, had to raise himself and that this creature ended up killing most of his family. As a result, Victor is determined to kill this evil creature. Through this story, Mary Shelley teaches many lessons but some are more important…show more content…
Robert Walton physically explores the unknown by setting off on a voyage to the North Pole. He wants to uncover the mystery of the compass by sailing through the Arctic Ocean. He learns how to sail and reads about other people who have made this journey before, but he doesn'tt consider the dangers that he might face on this journey. Robert and his crew get surrounded by ice, and they don’t know if they will make it out alive. He didn't bring necessary supplies for their escape. Robert is put in an uncomfortable situation of whether to turn back or pursue his dreams. In the book Frankenstein, Robert says, “There is something terribly appalling in our situation, yet my courage and hopes do not desert me. Yet it is terrible to reflect that the lives of all these men are endangered through me. If we are lost, my mad schemes are the cause” (Shelley 158). He is feeling bad for his men because if the ship goes down it would be all his fault because of his lack of planning for the consequences. In the end, he learns for his mistake and takes the crew’s opinions into consideration and decides to turn back. On this expedition, Robert met a new friend named Victor Frankenstein who told Robert about his sad and scary life story involving problems caused by scientifically exploring the
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