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…show more content…
Like all natural things, the Albatross is intimately tied to the spiritual world, and thus begins the Ancient Mariner's punishment by the spiritual world through means of the natural world. Rather than direct confrontation; the supernatural communicates through the natural. The ocean, sun, and lack of wind and rain brutalize the Ancient Mariner and his shipmates. When the dead men come back to the physical world to curse the Ancient Mariner with their eyes. Men (like Adam) feel the urge to define things, and the Ancient Mariner seems to feel this urge when he suddenly and inexplicably destroys the Albatross, shooting it from the sky as if he needs to bring it into the physical realm, to explain to himself. It is mortal, but closely tied to the metaphysical, spiritual world, it even flies like a spirit because it is a bird. This use of nature to teach in Rime of the Ancient Mariner is alternatively seen in Frankenstein to heal. The use of a mountain river to describe Frankensteins feelings is the beginning of a theme that is continued throughout the story. The introduction of an association of nature and human feeling, shows how Shelley prefers to use metaphor of a natural setting rather than openly discussing Frankensteins inside conflits. Instead of relating Frankenstein feelings and experience in rational discourse, intellectual description or by dialogue with other characters, she chooses the image of a

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