Relationship Between Jonah And The Ancient Mariner
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As stated above, another archetype presented here is Jonah. Under this archetype, the crime and the punishment of the ancient mariner will show different meanings. The connection between Jonah and the mariner not only lies on their common crime as sacrilege, but also on the punishment of enduring physical and mental suffer. And through dissecting Coleridge’s Christian and philosophical thoughts, the theme in this poem will be much clearer.
“Sacrilege is the violation or injurious treatment of a sacred object or person. It can come in the form of irreverence to sacred persons, places, and things (Net 2).” From the beginning, Jonah received the word from the God, who asked him to dissipate the evilness in city of Nineveh. But he did not obey God’s command, instead, he ignored what God’s saying and became evasive, setting forth to another place in the presence of the God. Here his deportment is a direct sacrilege to God’s authority.
According to the Trinity, “the central doctrine of most branches of Christianity” to which Coleridge had dedicated…show more content… Now the ancient mariner was reprieved from the punishment. He was not hungry or thirsty, and had no more fear or any mourn. Under the help of the Hermit, the ancient mariner returned his home country, reborn as “a sadder and wiser man (ibid: 23).”
From the above analysis, the ancient mariner and Jonah suffered double punishment, however their punishment showed a different ending for them. Looking back, they got the rebirth was because they prayed sincerely. Jonah besought God’s pardon. And the mariner prayed on the beautiful creature thus made his life back, which revealed the thoughts Coleridge “preached” in this poem, “He preyth well, who loveth well, both man and bird and beast (ibid: 22),” whether it is a man, a bird or a beast, love them all, so the pray will be