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Explorations In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein we are presented with characters of many types Some of the characters we face in the story seem to be exploring or searching for something There seems to be two main explorers that readers focus on however they seem to overlook the most obvious explorer of all the characters Frankensteins monster Sure there are other explores such as Captain Robert Walton who was on a quest to reach the North Pole Doctor Frankenstein was another explorer who was out to create life where there wasnt any Why do people overlook the monster as an explorer It is a mystery why the character who does the most exploring is often overlooked The monster not only has the task of exploring who and more importantly what he is but is also burdened with the task of exploring mankind All three men are searching for something but none of the three accomplish their task First we start with Robert Walton who is the captain of a vessel trying to find the North Pole Unfortunately Walton cannot complete this task for his boat has become trapped in the ice sheet that surrounds the arctic While trapped in the ice the crew spots a man on his dogsled a man who seems he is about to perish on the ice sheet The crew takes the traveler aboard While Frankenstein is recovering from his extreme exposure to the harsh weather Walton begins to talk to him The two men start to have a friendship Walton is a very lonely man and has long desired a friend Frankenstein is showing the effects of his journey and for a while will not talk about what he is doing alone traveling the Arctic He has a story that he has kept secret for a long time Once Frankenstein becomes more comfortable with Walton he decides to tell him the tale Frankenstein was very interested in natural philosophy
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