Write About the Ways Coleridge Tells the Story in Part 4 of the Poem Essay

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Part 4 commences with a break from the Mariner’s story, the wedding guest has interjected as he “fear(s) thee ancient Mariner!” which is unsurprising considering the previous part recounted solely the story of the Ancient Mariner. When the wedding guest says ‘I fear thee’, ‘I fear thy’, the repetition has been used by Coleridge to covey the wedding’s guest alarm as the repetition creates tension. Similarly when the wedding guest describes the Mariner ‘thou art long, and lank and brown’ by the use of a triplet this too adds to the on going tension. The metaphor ‘brown, as the ribb’d sea-sand’ describes how the Mariner has become so weather beaten it makes him look rather delirious. It also links to nature, this helps the reader to create a clearer image of the Mariner as for so long has be been at sea with deprived of social norms he has almost become part of nature. Coleridge refers to nature once more but this time it is to emphasise the Mariner’s repent. “A thousand thousand slimy things lived on” shows the Mariner’s hatred towards nature as he is angry that such unsightliness can go on living yet ‘The many men, so beautiful’ were dead, it is also one of many juxtapositions which is Coleridge uses throughout the poem. Although we are convinced that the Mariner is full of guilt and sorrow, the remark towards the ‘slimy things’ could be interpreted that he is almost trying to pass his guilt or blame onto them as it appears as if the Mariner is implying it is selfish of the ‘slimy things’ to live while such beauty has come to such an abrupt end. On a larger theme, the ‘Slimy things’ are used in the poem to represent all that is bad in the world. The fact that there are ‘a thousand thousand’ could suggest that Coleridge believes there is more badness in the world than goodness, as there was only one albatross in the poem and universally represent omens of good luck

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