Hi, need to submit a 1500 words paper on the topic Autobiographical Main Character Traits in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. Shelley thought of “Frankenstein” after being proposed by Lord Byron to come up with a decent ghost story on a rainy afternoon on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Shelley imagined a character that addressed the ambiguities of nature, and the concept of Frankenstein came to her during a dream.
Influences the “Preface” mentions are a nightmare and galvanism, which were attempts by Luigi Galvani to reanimate dead animals, particularly frogs. The only similarity between these influences and those in the “introduction” is the dream.
Robert Walton is a well-off Englishman with a heart for marine voyaging and the captain of a ship headed towards an unsafe journey to the North Pole. Walton was searching for “some great purpose,” which is a northern route to the Pacific to unveil the origin of the planet’s magnetic field. Walton expresses a highly enthusiastic attitude towards his quest to set foot on undiscovered land. These details suggest to me that Walton is an ambitious adventure who cares about his relatives.
Walton’s desire for a friend affects his relationship with Frankenstein because of the misinterpretation of his expressions and ambition for knowledge in the sense that the desire is mistaken easily for complaints and over ambition. This relationship might affect the reader’s trust in Walton as a reliable narrator because of his indecisive nature and possibly biased frame of mind.
Frankenstein characterizes his childhood as experienced numerous external benefits from “loving” relatives. Frankenstein’s parents were neither good nor bad. Frankenstein’s mother passed away and his father was caught up with work pressure at the city administration, thereby forcing his servants and schoolmasters to take on the role of parents.
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