Note: "the wonder and benefactor of the human species"

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The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley, Edited by Michael Eberle-Sinatra

In the following two passages, Winzy evokes both Walton and the Creature in Frankenstein: expedition, which mortal frame can never survive, even endued with the youth and strength that inhabits mine. Thus I shall put my immortality to the test, and rest for ever--or return, the wonder and benefactor of the human species.

...if I survive, my name shall be recorded as one of the most famous among the sons of men.

In referring to a successful exploration of the north pole, Winzy echoes Walton's desire for fame with his own expedition. Furthermore, Winzy aims to end his life in a way similar to the Creature, in the "most northern extremity of the globe" [Frankenstein 155].

Published @ RC

September 1997