After creating a monster who killed and destroyed many of his family and friends, Dr. Victor Frankenstein has chased the creature to the North Pole, where he encounters a ship, lead by Captain Walton, on an expedition. Near death, Victor recounts his story to Walton, to stop Walton from making Frankenstein’s mistake: searching for glory at all costs. The captain relays this story to his wife, in a series of letters.
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Victor Frankenstein is found chasing a monster at the North Pole. He meets Captain Walton, who is on a scientific expedition. Victor tells him his life story.
Frankenstein discovered the secret of bringing things to life. He used body parts from a graveyard and assembled a "creature" who came to life. Upon seeing his creation, he ran in fear, deserting it. This forced the monster fend for himself.
The monster searched for companionship and love. However, due to his hideous nature, he only found rejection. Bitter and hurt, the monster searched for his creator to get revenge.
After killing Frankenstein's younger brother, William, the monster forces Frankenstein to make him a bride. When Victor breaks his promise, the monster kills his friend, Clerval, and then Victor's wife, Elizabeth.
Out of revenge, Frankenstein follows the monster north. It is here that he runs into Walton and his expedition. After telling the crew this unbelievable story, he dies.
The monster comes to pay his last respects and tells Walton that he intends on killing himself by setting himself on fire. In the end, Walton turns his expedition back, partially due to the story's moral: some scientific advancements are not worth the cost.