Comparison: Frankenstein & The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

analytical Essay
1670 words
1670 words

In the late eighteenth century arose in literature a period of social, political and religious confusion, the Romantic Movement, a movement that emphasized the emotional and the personal in reaction to classical values of order and objectivity. English poets like William Blake or Percy Bysshe Shelley seen themselves with the capacity of not only write about usual life, but also of man’s ultimate fate in an uncertain world. Furthermore, they all declared their belief in the natural goodness of man and his future. Mary Shelley is a good example, since she questioned the redemption through the union of the human consciousness with the supernatural. Even though this movement was well known, none of the British writers in fact acknowledged belonging to it; “.”1 But the main theme of assignment is the narrative voice in this Romantic works. The narrator is the person chosen by the author to tell the story to the readers. Traditionally, the person who narrated the tale was the author. But this was changing; the concept of unreliable narrator was starting to get used to provide the story with an atmosphere of suspense.

“The effect of the narrator's telling of this story upon the reader, as well as of the mariner's telling of his tale upon the wedding-guest, make narration itself fundamental (as it is in Frankenstein)” (Dr. Michael Rossington) Therefore, this essay will talk about the different narrators found in both literary works and its narrative structure.

Mary Shelley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are two recognized writers of the Romantic era. The influence of Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere is reflected in Shelley’s Frankenstein in terms of narrative structure, literary techniques and themes. For example, bo...

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...ion of the situation to the Ancient Mariner. Moreover, the way in which the dialogue is presented, makes the structure seems more of a script of a play. The structure of the poem is a key characteristic in displaying the theme, for by telling the story as a personal experience, it helps the reader understand the moral and theme intended as a warning to people.

This essay has argued that both works, Frankenstein and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, have similarities in terms of themes and narrative structure. Shelley and Coleridge used various narrators to tell their stories, and by doing that,14 Furthermore, both works are structured in the same form, with the frame narration, a story within a story, which provides a frame of verisimilitude to an improbable tale. In brief, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a constant presence in the novel Frankenstein.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the story of dr. frankenstein to the captain of the ship is done in first-person narrative but has the peculiarity that it is included in the journal of robert walton.
  • Analyzes how shelley's technique of framed narratives offers the reader multiple perspectives to the text through the change of point-of-view of the narrators.
  • Explains that the romantic movement emphasized the emotional and personal in response to classical values of order and objectivity. mary shelley and samuel taylor coleridge are recognized writers of the era.
  • Argues that mary shelley used various narrators at the same time to create different perspectives of the story. samuel coleridge wrote the poem to convince the reader with a 'willing suspension of disbelief.
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