This is an analysis of Letter 4 from Frankenstein (Penguin Classics).
The letter is a recording of events that occurred as the crew was sailing. R. Walton says, “So strange an accident has happened to us that I cannot forbear recording it,”. He does to avoid the distortion of his memory. It proves that our minds are not reliable as humans sometimes conjure up images that did not occur. He does this to avoid our tendency to exaggerate events that happen around us.
This letter informs of the first meeting between Robert Walton and a stranger whom he admires. The stranger arrives during an ominous storm. He is injured, and he exudes the feeling of horror and sadness. Walton is drawn to the stranger and therefore he takes care of him. The readers feel as if he identifies with the character. Moreover, since Walton has been feeling an overwhelming sense of loneliness, he becomes closer to the stranger and he begins to “love him as a brother”.
This letter also proves that humans are bad at predicting the future. Walton believed that he would find “no friend on the wide ocean”, yet he finds someone. It proves the uncertainty of life. It emphasizes the importance of keeping a journal. The reflections would help us prove not to trust predictions in the complex life we live.