Master And Commander By Peter Weir Essay

1080 Words Jun 19th, 2016 5 Pages
As a genre of literature with a setting on or near the sea, nautical fiction focuses on the human relationship to the sea and sea voyages and highlights nautical culture in these environments. “Master and commander”, a 2003 American historical drama film written, produced and directed by Peter Weir. Because both the written and film version of Master and Commander were created long after the characteristics of nautical themes and perceptions solidified into literature, the film draws to many associations to earlier works on sea narratives, such as “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, the longest major poem written by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798. While there are markedly correlations in the film to the poem, other elements are also subtle in connection in regard to the callous, supernatural nature of the sea.

The idea that the sea is a place of uncertainty and danger is represented in both “rime of the ancient mariner” and “master and commander”. In Coleridge’s poem, descriptive imagery, imagination and evolving characterization were used to evoke the message that the sea is dangerous. The use of imagination in this poem is exclusively powerful, where the mariner temporarily abandoned his instantaneous surroundings, replacing them with for an entirely new and completely fabricated experience. “With throats unslaked, with black lips baked, we could not laugh nor wail.” The use of this visual imagery of the crews further emphasized the new dimension of…

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