Study Guide

Frankenstein Letter 1

By Mary Shelley

Letter 1

  • Captain Robert Walton of England is on an expedition to the North Pole. He writes a series of letters to his sister, Margaret, to pass the time and, you know, keep in touch.
  • Walton has some goals: see new places, "tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man" (Letter 1.1), boldly go where no man has gone before, that sort of thing.