A Psycho-analytical Interpretation of The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
Work objective: This research aims at writing a psycho-analytical interpretation of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by applying Jungian theory to the poem .The study aims to prove that the Ancient Mariner is a mentally-ill person and that he is turned into an Old Wise Man archetype. The hypothesis will be carried out through applying Jungian theory besides some of Fromme‘s books and referring to Freudian theory, besides highlighting the mythical perspective of the poem through comparing The poem to Homer‘s The Odyssey so as to highlight the psychological perspective of the poem.
Chapter I: Psychology and Religion in ‘The Rime of The Ancient Mariner:
This Chapter will define the Jungian theory of archetypes and collective unconscious as well as other relevant psychoanalytical theories. It is an attempt to prove that the poem could be analyzed in view of psychoanalysis even if it has a religious aim. Thus the religious moral deepens the psychological. In this chapter similarities between the Jungian theory and some of Coleridge‘s viewpoints will be introduced, thus enriching the psychological meaning of the poem.
Chapter II: The Mariner, The Wedding Guest and Psycho-analysis:
In this chapter the Jungian theory will be applied to both The Mariner and The Wedding guest to prove that both are Jungian archetypes of the same person. Furthermore, other psychoanalytical theories will be applied to the poem that link the symbols used in the poem to Jungian theory.
Chapter III: The Ancient Marnier as a mythical Archetype.
In this chapter a comparison between The Ancient Mariner and Odysseus will be attempted to highlight the mythical perspective of the poem. Moreover, The Ancient Mariner will be compared to some mythical heroes presented by Freud in his Moses and Monotheism. By examining The Mariner as a mythical hero, this chapter seeks to reinforce the...