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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 (Letter 1.2) 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.