The reference to an albatross in Rime of the Ancient Mariner develops the theme of imprisonment by guilt for Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein. In Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the narrator kills an albatross which later hangs around his neck as a visual reminder of the guilt he harbors. The albatross around his neck is an indication that he killed an innocent being, and for that he is guilty for the deaths of the other sailors through the curse he brought onto the ship. Imprisoned by the guilt he feels for so much pain and death, he is forced to tell the story for the rest of his life. Victor Frankenstein, on the other hand, didn’t directly kill any being, but he brou...
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...ssion consulted him. A man who had known his for mere weeks deceived him in a letter as “so noble a creature destroyed by misery” (Shelly, Page 13). The ancient mariner was a loyal crewman before he had been compelled to commit a senseless crime: the killing of an innocent albatross. His story was so captivating that a wedding guest on his way to a ceremony was mesmerized. Rime of an Ancient Mariner was used as an allusion because it forced the reader to think of connections between stories that seemed so vastly different. It made the reader think of the connections between taking a life and creating one that didn’t want to exist. The allusion both added to and twisted the novel, casting its characters in a new light. Mary Shelley 's allusion was both strategic and helpful: it furthered a reader’s understanding of a novel and built upon fundamental themes in the book.
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