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Write about the ways writers aim to make the beginning of their texts exciting- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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LYDIA GEORGE Write about the ways writers aim to make the beginning of their texts exciting. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The opening of The Rime of Ancient Mariner starts with archaic language and description with a fast paced rhythm as the Mariner ceases a guest from going to a wedding. There is no introduction to the Mariner, his purpose of being there, what he is doing and of whom he is there for, this adds an anonymous aspect to his character which automatically intrigues the reader. You learn about the Mariner?s appearance through the wedding guest which he grasps with his ?skinny hand? as he demands to be released, he refers to the Marnier as a ?grey-beard loon?. ...read more.


In the opening there is already conflict in the ballad, between the Mariner and the wedding guest as the Mariner physically and psychically retainers the guest from joining the party. The Mariner ?holds him (the wedding guest) with his glittering eye? this makes the Mariner have a great presence and seem as if he has power to put the guest into some sort of trance. The wedding guest also listens with intent as the Mariner begins his story ? ?listens like a three years? child? even though the guest had been so persistent on joining the wedding. This concept adds mystery to the character of the Mariner and gives the reader anticipation to what story the Mariner might have to tell as he seems very complex. ...read more.


This is crucial that the temporal world keeps interrupting the narrative of the Mariners tale to bring the reader back to the ?normality? of the wedding and the wedding guest, despite the guest being in such an abstract situation. The Mariner sets the scene for his story in such a way that automatically gives it a purpose of being told. ?The ship was cheer?d, the harbour clear?d/ Merrily did we drop? gives an eerie impression of an ideal and pleasant setting that may just be the ?calm before the storm? in the adventure of the Mariner. This gives the ballad suspense in the first few stanzas and therefore grips the reader very early on in Part 1. ...read more.

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