In the story of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein there are two characters whose personalities are very close to one another. These characters are Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton. These men shared many of the same thoughts, ideas, actions, and visions. .
Walton had traveled far north in search of a passage across the North Pole. This trip was brought about because of his thrill for adventure and daringness to go where no one had gone before. Ambition, drive, and the desire for glory are traits that are in Walton's character. These traits can be identified in Victor Frankenstein as well. Frankenstein had created the creature because he was seeking the glory of success. These two men are characters of the romantic period. One good example of this is the fact that because of their way of thought, romanticists often live a life of solitude. Both Frankenstein and Walton often talked of their loneliness. Another aspect that makes them alike is the way in which the events of their lives relate. They both were trying to do something no one before them had done, Victor wanted to create life and Walton wanted to find a Northern Passage. Also, .
They both eventually failed with their plans, Victor hated his creation and Walton had to turn his journey back. .
These two men's lives were only set apart by one thing, the actual events that were happening. Walton was trying to find an easier way across the world by going through the North Pole. Victor Frankenstein was trying to "discover the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter." .
These men shared a lot in common. Even though the actual events in their lives were totally different, the principles and beliefs were identical. They both showed signs of pure ambition. They were thrill seekers looking to do whatever it took to get the job done. .