The first letter was written on December 11th, 17 by Robert Walton in St. Petersburg, Russia. He wrote this letter to his sister Mrs. Saville, who is in England. Walton is on a passage to go through the Arctic Ocean to the North Pacific Ocean using the seas of the North Pole, he states, “I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves, and fills me with delight.” (Shelley 5). As Walton is travelling through the seas of the North Pole, he finds the weather to decline as it becomes extra cold, especially compared to what he was used to in England. With this freezing whether, he says that he will not be setting sail to continue his expedition until June of the next year when the polar ices have thawed. He then travels to Archangel, Russia to hire a ship which will continue this expedition. But, he...
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...ess which is the key concept in the beginning of the novel. There were also positive words that he said in the first letter. He expressed himself as: affectionate, courageous, and a hard work. The way that Walton writes this letter helps frame what the rest of the novel will be about.
There are many purposes to putting letters in the beginning of the novel, but the way Mary Shelley did was well done. Her use of framing was noticeable as it tied into the rest of the novel. The significance of this letter is to set the reader up to have knowledge to continue into the novel. These four letters set the reader up for the novel increasingly well. I believe that Walton’s use of words and explanations assist with contributing to the knowledge needed to continue with the novel. The novel Frankenstein use of framing and letters aids the reader into the novel precisely well.
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