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
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His mad dedication towards his goal enables him to ‘voluntarily endure cold, famine, thirst and want of sleep’
However, despite of his madness he is shown as a very wise person who clearly has planned his expedition and is aware of the risks ‘you will see me again soon, or never. Though he is a man of free spirit and a strong believer in his impossible dreams he seems very close to his sister as he closes the first letter with ‘Your affectionate brother’
Continuing on to the next letter, dated 28th March, the mood of this letter is very sombre and not as exciting compared to the first letter. ‘Most severe evil. I have no friend’ again Shelly links the future events in the book e.g. the monsters loneliness to that of Walton’s. The confession of Walton’s loneliness to his sister through this letter shows how attached they are for him to be able to express this to her.’ Whose tastes are like my own’ Walton wants a friend that is like himself, which is very queer as is shows his loneliness can only be filled with someone like himself and no one else. This could be due to his lack of modesty and he believes that someone like him is only able to advise and support him.

In the 17th and 18th century, a movement in art and literature that celebrated nature and imagination than reality and civilization was called the Romantic Movement. Walton seems aware

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