An Analysis of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
A life filled with greed, hate, and obsession is one filled with misery and hopelessness. The Mariner was with a hatred for the living creatures around him causing his curse which lead to his change in perspective. The author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner wanted to bring about change towards loving the life of all kinds through the turmoil of the Ancient Mariner.

The Mariner’s turmoil starts with the hatred for all living creatures around him just as Circe in “The Song of Solomon” started with the hatred and greed for her owners. In both stories the authors start the characters change by having a catastrophe happen. In the Ancient Mariner he “kills the bird of good omen” cursing him. Just as in “The Song of Solomon” Circe loses her only patient that ever dies while giving child birth along with her owners killing the father out of hate Through these events the authors shed light on issues that need addressed. The issue in the Ancient Mariner is the love of all life and the issue in the Song of Solomon was the bigotry and racism in the set time.

These characters had to both live longer than they wanted for the next generation. The Ancient Mariner is “bound to tell of his story … wherever he goes” to “teach god’s word … that we must love all things that god made” to the next generation. Circe had to stay alive to watch the house be destroyed to make sure the hatred and greed that was brought with in the walls was to be gone with the mansion.

Both characters in the storage were created to bring about change and abolish traditions of past generations even at their own cost and misery. In the Ancient Mariner the author wanted there to be love of all living things, just as the author of Song of Solomon wanted to end the hate and racism.
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