Exploration And Exploration In Frankenstein

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Exploring Frankenstein “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” This quote from Robert Frost’s, “The Road Not Taken,” involuntarily reveals the curiosity that is covertly sewn into the minds of men. Curiosity leads to exploration, and exploration prompts development; without exploration, one does not grow. Exploring is a characteristic of human nature. But, what if the explorer is not human? Mary Shelley’s eighteenth century novel, Frankenstein, shares the stories of multiple explorations experienced by characters Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s grotesque creation. Their explorations of nature, knowledge, and identity are originally formed by curiosity, and the paths they travel to acquire answers indeed make a difference in their lives …show more content…
Robert Walton preludes the novel with his letters to his sister in England. Within these letters, Walton explains the inane stories from his journey of searching for an unknown route to the Arctic. Walton’s exploration of the North Pacific Ocean tests his strength and resilience, not only for himself, but also for the crew that is accompanying him on the arduous journey. “I am about to proceed on a long and difficult voyage, the emergencies of which will demand all my fortitude: I am required not only to raise the spirits of others, but sometimes to sustain my own, when theirs are failing (Letter 1).” The trials that Walton faces on the expedition augment his vigor, aid in developing his resistance to trepidation, and liberate his caliber for genuine solicitude.
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Although Walton’s excursion ends prematurely, his trek is far from over; without

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