The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

What is the relationship between the Ancient Mariner's world and the wedding guest's world ?

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concerning the poem of THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

what is the relationship between the ancient mariner's world and the weeding guest's world ?

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Throughout Part 1, the temporal world interjects itself into the storytelling haze in which the Ancient Mariner captures the Wedding Guest and reader. For example, just as the Ancient Mariner begins his tale, the joyful sound of a bassoon at the wedding reception distracts the Wedding Guest. He "beat[s] his breast" in frustration that he is missing the festivities. In light of Burnet's quote, one can say that the temporal world with its "petty" pleasures tempts the Wedding Guest. He is of that world - indeed he is next of kin to the bridegroom and therefore intimate with the festival's worldly joy. Meanwhile, the Ancient Mariner cannot enjoy the temporal world because he is condemned to perpetually relive the story of his past.


After the Mariner has lived the life he has (the shooting of the albatross, the becalming of the ship, the death of all his mates, and the blessing of the water snakes after which he returns home), he is obligated to tell his story over and over again. He has been blessed/cursed with the ability to see in the eye of someone, such as the Wedding Guest, a need to hear the story and to understand that God loves all "creatures great and small." This is the way they are connected.


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