I shall seek the most northern extremity of the globe

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I shall seek the most northern extremity of the globe

Mary Shelley gives her Creature the honor of discovering the North Pole over a century before the first human explorer reached it. She does so, however, not just for the sake of irony, but to complete a figurative line that has spanned the novel from Walton's first letter (I:L1:2) on and has underscored the linkage of Walton and Victor Frankenstein. The Creature, who was brought to life by a fiery electric charge, intends through fire to resign his being into the pure electromagnetic field of the pole.