Content and Theme of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Rivaled to Samuel Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Content and Theme of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Rivaled to Samuel Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Content and theme of Frankenstein rivaled to Rime of the Ancient Mariner
English novelist Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and English poet Samuel Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner share very closely tied themes respectively in their own literary worlds. Through both novel and poem, in the eyes of each Victor Frankenstein and the Mariner three themes recur within. Knowledge, Frankenstein is addicted to knowledge in younger pursuits. The Mariner is cursed on the spread of knowledge of his obliterate tale of desolation through the wedding guest. Desolation, Frankenstein constantly torn by guilt wears himself to illness and disconnection from surrounding life. The Mariner in his lonely pursuit with his dead shipmates, left to be skewered by the torment of loneliness. Nature plays a crucial role in both stories, while traveling European countryside, the Mariner has a predilection towards nature through ideas of the Albatross, the ocean, water snakes, all leading to the appreciation of nature.
Knowledge, part of the big three observed themes is as important to any. You begin Frankenstein with learning of Victors lustful bearing for the adaption of becoming knowledgeable in his obtained passions. First seen with an obsession of the natural world and the philosophy around it. Knowledge forms his transformation from seeker to pioneer, while discovering electricity and chemistry. In Rime of the Ancient Mariner through the Mariner, Coleridge takes emphasis on the Natural world and the Spiritual world, Physical and Metaphysical. To portray knowledge of the Albatross being a physical creature rather than spiritual being. Liminability was used to dictate the difference in setting of story. Coleridge uses the element of storyte...


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...n the sailors are swept by a storm into the rime. The ice is mast high, and the captain cannot steer the ship through it. The sailors confinement in the disorienting rime foreshadows the Ancient Mariner's later imprisonment within a bewildered limbo-esq existence. In the beginning of the poem, the ship is a vehicle of adventure, and the sailors set out in one another's happy company. However, once the Ancient Mariner shoots the Albatross, it quickly becomes a prison. Without wind to sail the ship, the sailors lose all control over their fate. They are cut off from civilization, even though they have each other's company. They are imprisoned further by thirst, which silences them and effectively puts them in isolation; they are denied the basic human ability to communicate. When the other sailors drop dead, the ship becomes a private prison for the Ancient Mariner.



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