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Write about the ways that Coleridge tells the story in Part 7 of The Ancient Mariner.

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LYDIA GEORGE Write about the ways that Coleridge tells the story in Part 7 in the poem? Coleridge uses several different ways to tell the story in Part 7 of ?The Ancient Mariner?. He uses the various leit motifs, the setting, characters and the structure to develop and conclude the narrative. Here I will explore these elements and analyse the way they influence the reader?s understanding of the ballad. In the final Part, Coleridge reveals the conclusive moral of the Mariners story to reader and Wedding Guest; that to love God and be loved, you must love all of God?s creatures. ?He prayeth best, who loveth best/All things both great and small? the enjambment of these lines shows the extent and continuity of Gods? love and also show that the Mariner has recognised his sin, an act against nature, and served penance. Having learned the Mariners story The Wedding- Guest?s order is never restored; we are confronted at the end of the poem by the eternally alienated Mariner alienating in his turn the Wedding Guest, for the guest is robbed of his happiness and the his participation in the marriage feast and forced to share the disillusioned wisdom and guilt of the Mariner. ...read more.

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The fact that the Mariner had being living in the fluidity and insecurity of the water signifies distant and vague relationship he had with God, but the coming of the Mariner to the land indicates that this is soon to be changed. Therefore, land in the section, represents the welcoming home coming of the Mariner into the kingdom of God and is thus significant in the telling of the story. In Part 7, structure is important in the telling of the story as we are taken back to the Wedding scene where the narrative opened for the conclusion of the story to be delivered. Coleridge uses a cyclical structure to give a sense of distorted time in the narrative representing different times frames the Mariner is present in. This cyclical structure could also represent the continuing cycle of the urges of the Mariner and the repetition of his curse as he contracts these impulsions to tell his story. Coleridge mentions ?skeletons of leaves? in this part, implying the coming of bleak winter and thus the coming of Mariners inevitable bleak future of the re occurring and continuing telling of his story representing the Mariner?s on-going punishment. ...read more.

Conclusion

Furthermore in part 7, phrases reoccur and ideas are repeated from earlier parts in the narrative. An example of the this would be when ?The ship went down like lead?, Coleridge first uses this simile of the sinking like ?lead? at the end of part 3 when the ?Albatross fell off, and sank/Like lead into the sea? from the Mariners neck. This reference, in part 7, shows the finality and end to the Mariners adventure as his vessel sinks. Another phrase that is repeated by the Mariner in part 7 is ?Alone on a wide, wide sea:? to the Wedding Guest as he reiterates how his ?soul hath been?. This phrase is also in the beginning of part 4 and illustrates how isolated and remote the Mariner felt. Coleridge uses repetition of these phrases in part 7 to emphasise the significance of the feelings of the Mariner and certain events and therefore he is linking up the different parts in the narrative to give it more of a connective structure. ...read more.

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