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by Mary Shelley

Robert Walton Timeline and Summary

  • Walton is captain of a ship headed for the North Pole.
  • He writes his sister a number of letters telling about his travels.
  • At first, he thinks the voyage will be successful.
  • Soon the ship gets stuck in impassable ice.
  • Walton longs for a friend.
  • Victor appears and they bring him on board and care for him.
  • Walton listens to Victor’s stories about his life.
  • The men on the ship ask to turn around. Victor puts them off for two days, but when they come back, he agrees they should return to England.
  • Victor dies.
  • Walton sees the monster and talks with him.
  • He turns the ship around and heads back to England.