He thus began his tale
We enter here into a third level of narrative, one that is embedded within
Victor Frankenstein's autobiography, which is itself being transcribed by
Walton each night of its recounting for his sister's future perusal.
Issues of the authority and even the reliability of any particular level
of the narrative thus abound and have raised serious debate in the
critical literature on the novel. As the Creature twice in these two
paragraphs speaks of his "tale," so Victor refers to his narrative as a
"tale" as well (see Letter 4.8 and 1.3.8). The underlying question is how true
is any tale.
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