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How does Coleridge begin part one of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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How does Coleridge begin part one of the rime of the ancient mariner? In part one Coleridge employs narrative devices such as third person narrative, descriptive scenery and various language techniques to tell the story. This is done through the use of form, language and structure which will enable 19th and 21st century readers to ?listens like a three years child?. Coleridge begins part one by introducing the ?Ancient mariner? in a third person narrative. He does this to create a distance between the mariner and the audience so that we observe he?s supernatural powers when he ?holds? the wedding guest with his ?glittery eye?. The word ?glittery? suggests a supernatural power which is used by the mariner to compel the wedding guest, who then ?Listen like a three year child?. ...read more.

Middle

This is true because stanza twenty shows that Coleridge uses first person narrative to allow the Mariner to reveal the nature of the tale as he proclaims ?God save thee, ancient mariner? as he had ?shot the albatross?. One could argue that this could be a tale of sin as the mariner has shot a ?Christian soul.. hailed in Gods name?. ?Christian? and ?God? are words which draw religious connotations which Coleridge uses to appeal to his 19th century readers and teach them a moral lesson. On the other hand, the word albatross is something burdensome which may have given the mariner a reason to shot it. Coleridge uses Archaic language to tell part one of the rime of the ancient mariner to appeal to the 19th and 21st century readers ?quoth he?. ...read more.

Conclusion

We see this in the first short stanza when the anonymous narrator recalls that the mariner had ?stoppeth one of three? with his ?glittering eye?. Again, his glittering eye has allowed the mariner to have control over the wedding guest and ?the mariner hath his will?. However this changes after the 10th stanza when Coleridge takes the readers forward into time when the mariner voyage begins ?the ship drove fast, loud roared and blast?. At this point, the length of the lines in stanza 10 has increased which signifies that this is a chaotic setting; this also changes the rhyming scheme. Coleridge?s uses this to reflect a time of chaos. In conclusion, Coleridge has used different narrative devises through language form and structure to tell part one of the rime of the ancient mariner. ...read more.

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