Questions: Letter 1 –Chapter 5 (RACE) 1. What type of person is Captain Walton? What motivates him in his dangerous endeavor? 2. What is Walton’s impression of his new friend, Victor Frankenstein?3. What is Victor like as a child? How is he different from the other children? What clues are there about his future? 4. Why do you think young Victor is so interested in unlocking the secrets of nature? 5. Why does Dr. Frankenstein’s view on his creation change so suddenly and severely?6. How might Dr. Frankenstein handle the situation differently? 7. Why doesn’t the doctor explain the secrets of his discoveries?8. Is Frankenstein’s mistake due to fate or his own choices? How culpable (guilty) is he?9. Why do you think Shelley chose to frame the story of Dr. Frankenstein within the story of Captain Walton? 10. How would you describe Shelley’s writing style? Use examples in your answer.11. How does Shelley create anticipation and tension for the story? 12. Why do you think Shelley includes a poem in Chapter 5? Answers: 1.Captain Walton is a very passionate and adventurous person. Whenever he must complete a task, he expresses eagerness within the journey. In the novel, Captain Walton states, “Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid” (Shelley2). He is motivated for the undertaking of this trip, where he describes his feelings as enthusiastic and alive. His motivation for this dangerous endeavor is to discover how magnetism works. In the text, he quotes, “I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle and may regulate a thousand celestial observations...” (Shelley3). Walton’s intentions on his trip to the north pole, which has been stated in the beginning of the letter, is to seek for an answer about how things can have attractive and repulsive forces between objects. 2.Walton’s impression of his new friend, Victor Frankenstein, was seeing him as friendly, virtuous, and attractive. In the novel, Walton expresses, “He must have been a noble creature in his better days, being even now in wreck so attractive and amiable” (Shelley 18). The captain describes Victor with these adjectives due to his actions at the time he arrived at his ship and how he was acting now, keeping in mind that Walton desired a friend due to feeling lonely and isolated.
3.As a child, Victor was happy, loved, and cared for in an enormous way. In the text, Victor states, “... they seemed to draw inexhaustible stores of affection from a very mine of love to bestow them upon me” (Shelley27). Victor remembers and recognizes how his