Ancient Mariner Allusions

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The allusions from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” that appear in the opening of “Frankenstein” contributes to a deeper meaning within the book. In the Ancient Mariner, readers saw the ability nature had when, “with a heavy thump, a lifeless thump/ They dropped down one by one (Coleridge 3),” after the Mariner killed the albatross. When he did not respect nature, his entire crew was killed. R. Walton saw the consequences for the Mariner’s actions and vowed not to travel down his same path. In Walton’s letter to his sister, he says, “I am going to unexplored regions, to ‘the land of mist and snow’ but, I shall kill no albatross. (Shelley p.7)” R. Walton vows to not harm nature because he has learned from the Ancient Mariner about nature’s power. In gothic and…show more content…
Walton says, “But I have one want which I never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I feel as a most severe evil. I have no friend, Margaret (Shelley p.4).” He is going on a exploration but believes that if he has no friend to share the discovery with than the joy in it is lost. All R. Walton wants is a friend and someone to share the memories with. The Mariner also felt alone on the wide open ocean after his crew was killed, “Alone, alone, all, all alone/ Alone on a wide, wide sea!/ And never a saint took pity on/ my soul in agony (Coleridge 4).” The Mariner regrets the loss of his friends and he can’t handle the emptiness. It seems as if R. Walton would do almost anything for a friend which may lead to impulsive behavior. As a rule, most impulsive actions leads to trouble and regret later on. This is reflected in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” when he impulsively kills the albatross. Also seen in “The Ancient Mariner,” is that being alone for so long can lead to insanity, thus an unreliable narrator, which is a gothic characteristic. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” allows readers to compare parallels between the poem and “Frankenstein” to infer what is yet to
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