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Discuss the Importance of Place in "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner".

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The importance of places in the telling of the narratives in ?The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner?. ________________ It could be argued that Coleridge uses symbolism of the different compass points as a base for the telling of the narratives in ?The Ancient Mariner?. The setting of the wedding is important as it represents love, family and ultimately safety, symbolised by the North compass point. The fact that The Ancient Mariner?s narrative begins with the ship leaving the safety of the north, a place proven to contain the safety of human society by the joyful description of the wedding, could be used by Coleridge to indicate how the sailors journey will not be protected by the safety of land. ?The ship was cheered? could imply that that sailors and the mariner were leaving their loved ones and thus leaving the safety of family relationships. ...read more.

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This harsh setting also play?s importance in the telling of then narrative as it could highlight how the Albatross was a courier for the spiritual world. Its appearance could be seen as an opportunity for the sailors to escape the cold and harsh climate of the south, yet the Mariner?s senseless killing of a natural being connected to the spiritual world was taken as a direct disregard for the circle of nature thus bringing on punishments from the spiritual world, avenging a loss of one of their creations. The Mariner?s action could be interpreted as an assertion of human superiority and the punishment inflicted on the crew could be seen as a warning from the spiritual world that there are greater forces than human?s and life could eventually cease to exist if there is not mutual respect and understanding throughout the circle of nature. ...read more.

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Generally seen as a positive force, the sun is described negatively in this line as its searing heat is torture for the lost sailors. ?Water, water, everywhere,/ Not any drop to sink? is important in telling the narrative as it symbolises the East compass point ? showing the seemingly eternal damnation the crew has been placed in due to their disregard of nature. The sea is a significant place in the story as the water symbolises life and also our need to drink it is reflected by the crew?s parchedness, possibly used by Coleridge to represent their spiritual state. In conclusion, the implementation of different places in ?The Ancient Mariner? is important as the setting is used by Coleridge in conjunction with the narrative. The different compass points are possibly used to reflect the changes in the Ancient Mariner?s spiritual understanding of the world. Without the different settings, the narrative would not be as effective as they are important in symbolising the different aspects of human nature, both moral and immoral. ...read more.

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