Robert Walton is the narrator of the story. He is a sea captain that wants to reach the North Pole, but his boat gets stuck between two ice sheets. During this moment, he meets Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Walton recounts the horrific story of Victor and his Creature through numerous letters to his sister (this type of narration is called the epistolary form).
Walton is similar to Frankenstein on many aspects. First, both are young and very ambitious. Frankenstein’s ambition is to reanimate life and be remembered as a great scientist. Walton wants to be the first to navigate the North Pole. They both want to achieve glory and to have a mark in history. However, after Frankenstein’s story, Robert Walton realizes that his reckless ambition could lead to disaster. If he continues to chase his foolish dream, he will drown all the other members of his crew, just as Victor’s family members died one by one after the creation of the Monster. Therefore, Robert decides to make his way back to England with his crew. The moral of this idea is that chasing dreams, which can be considered as being too perilous and unattainable, can lead to an abrupt downfall.
Also, they both undergo periods of loneliness and isolation because of their ambition. Victor faces solitude because of his dream. His studies force him to erase any relationships he established with the outside world. Even after his studies, he feels more than ever a sense of isolation, because all his family and friends are eventually murdered. Walton is also full of loneliness because of his trip to North Pole. He complains several times, which can be found within his letters. However, contrary to Victor, he still has his family and his crew members. The moral of the story that can be drawn is that the importance of relationships is much more valuable than technological and scientific advancements.