Why Is Victor's Contradiction To Frankenstein

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Within Mary Shelley’s work Frankenstein, Victor cautions Walton’s men on the vessel from abandoning their pursuit of exploring the arctic and its mysteries and dissuades them from returning home to their families by ridiculing them for not having the determination and will to see through their endeavor. This seems like quite a contradiction to Victor’s message he expresses throughout his tale, where he asserts that it is dangerous to pursue ambitions/discoveries of the unknown in the name of science or personal satisfaction. However, when considering why he has such a message to convey to the equally ambitious Walton, his seemingly opposite words/actions make sense. After all, the reason why Victor feels that science/knowledge is inherently

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