• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Theme of Isolation in the Ancyent Marinere

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Tutor Marked Assignment Q Alone, alone, all all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea And Christ would take no pity on My soul in Agony Comment on the theme of isolation in "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere" as a whole. To what extent do you think it is a Christian poem? Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the story of the Romantic archetype, the Wanderer, the man with the mark of Cain (who killed his brother), doomed to be a restless wanderer on the earth and was once alienated from God's presence "so lonely 'twas that God himself scarce seemed there to be". Isolation is a state of separation, solitude or loneliness and has been explored in varying degrees throughout this poem; from geographical, social, to spiritual. Why has Coleridge gone to great lengths to perpetuate this theme throughout the "rime", what is the significance of Isolation in conveying his message? In Chapter I, the ship is driven by storms to the South Pole where there were "ne shapes of men ne beasts we ken" and "the ice was all between". The ship and its crew were geographically isolated from the rest of the living world due to the unbeatable force of nature; they saw no living creatures, but were surrounded by Ice; the extreme opposite of warmth, like blue sea, blue skies, green islands, and the colourful sea creatures; which was probably the scene when they were on the equator. ...read more.

Middle

Next the mariners were robbed of speech, (a source of communication that can ease loneliness and pain) because of thirst, making the ancient mariner even lonelier and the accusing looks he had from his crew made it even clear that he is just as alone in this as he was when he killed the bird selfishly without considering his shipmates. Finally the mariner is left completely alone in this tormenting atmosphere of Isolation and Darkness, when Death takes the lives of these two hundred men. The mariner was not given the ease of death, but a purgatorial suffering in Isolation where all he has is his thoughts, his heart and his soul. Why such a horrible penance for a killing a bird? The mariner did not just kill the bird, he was selfish and proud, he challenged God by thinking that he can be the sole navigator of the Ship, he did not require aid from above; he did not consult his crew before taking matters into his own hands and he did not stop to reason on the possible risk that he may expose his crew too, he was too self occupied to consider the mechanics of the world at large. Is this not a similar situation with mankind? Too often we think that we are the sole navigators of our lives and we fail to consider the creations, beauty and people around us and the important roles they play in our destiny, we spend way too much time thinking inwardly. ...read more.

Conclusion

Like Cain, the Ancient Mariner angers God by killing his beloved creation. More candidly, the Ancient Mariner can be seen as the archetypal Judas or the universal sinner who betrays God by killing his messenger. Like Judas, he murders the "Christian soul" who could lead to his salvation and greater understanding of the divine. Some readers have gone as far as interpreting the Albatross as Christ, since it was a messenger from God sent to save the souls of the men on the Ship, and the Mariner's unbelieving heart killed it, just like the unbelieving hearts in Coleridge's era of Revolution, trying to close down the churches. Another Christian representation is when The Albatross is hung around the Ancient Mariner's neck as a symbol of his sin just like Christ carried the cross on his shoulders symbolising the sin of all mankind. The rain was a symbol of baptism which is meant for the cleansing from sin and curse. In the end, the Ancient Mariner becomes a strange prophet, (just like John the Baptist was a prophet in the wilderness) kept alive to spread the word of God's reality to God's chosen ones "the moment that his face I see, I know the man that must hear me, to him my tale I teach" Coleridge projects Isolation as the last resort to knowing God, because it is only in that moment that we are desperate and at loss of other options, then God becomes our only hope. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Poets essays

  1. Maude Clare by Christian Rosetti

    of people who can identify a significant loss in their lives may at least have a degree of empathy for Clare's apparent bitterness. In the poem Rosetti alludes to a number of scenes from the natural world. In the sixth and seventh stanzas she describes a romantic day that Thomas (the 'lord')

  2. "All The major Romantics...were engaged...in the rediscovery of nature, the assertion of the one-ness ...

    This poem also highlights Coleridge's power of the imagination, as he is able to unify himself with his friends via his superior secondary imagination. A metaphor that Coleridge repeats in several of his poems is the Harp. In The Aeolian Harp, he considers that "all of animated nature/ Be but organic harps diversely fram'd".

  1. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner-Issues of Paganism and Christianity

    it seems to be Coleridge's intention to allow the reader to explore 'invisible natures' in this poem he may have thought the best way to do that is to speak to them as though they are children. Jesus often spoke about the importance of children in the Bible and told parables, which bear many similarities to this poem.

  2. Sea Fever - speech

    The imagery in "Sea Fever" suggests an adventurous ocean that appeals to all five senses. Through the use of vivid descriptions and strong images of the sea, Masefield helps the reader to understand why the speaker must return to the sea.

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

    After being shunned by the sailors, a glimpse of hope in the form of the mist following the ship disappearing cause them to celebrate his killing of the Albatross, ?Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,/ That bring the fog and mist? highlights how the sailors love for the

  2. How does Coleridge tell the story in part 1 of Rime of the Ancient ...

    problems; the green ice is peculiar and mysterious and hints at the supernatural. The Mariner describes the effects of the snow, ?the snowy clifts did send a dismal sheen?, as ?dismal? possesses connotations with misery, and ?sheen? with impaired vision, the grouping of them creates a sense that there is no escape and no life wherever they are.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work