03-10-2008 05:58 AM
Walton: “I spoke of my desire of finding a friend, of my thirst for a more intimate sympathy with a fellow mind than had ever fallen into my lot, and expressed my conviction that a man could boast of little happiness who did not enjoy his blessing.”
Victor: “I agree with you…we are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves – such a friend ought to be – do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures. I once had a friend, the most noble of human creatures, and am entitled, therefore, to judge respecting friendship. You have hope, and the world before you, and have no cause for despair…”
What is the importance of each of the above quotes? What do we learn about each of these men just from these words?
05-14-2008 03:21 PM
Victor sees himself in him and therefore warns him slightly of his experience and mistake. He is wiser than Robert Walton because of his tragic experience and what he's learned about himself, unfortunately a little too late, seeing as how his adventure ends on the ship and Walton's is just beginning. By telling him the story of the Monster, Frankenstein hopes to warn and dissuade Walton from being so eager to go on his adventure without recognizing the costs.