The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Essay

894 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Decades after the first publication of Mary Shelly’s revolutionary novel, Frankenstein, it still influences modern novelists and has even infiltrated our pop culture. Many authors have pulled upon her iconic book and have incorporated this memorable story into their own. These authors created literary connections between their work and Shelly’s to enhance their writing and Mary Shelly is no stranger to this common practice of intertextuality. Throughout her own science-fiction novel, she pulls upon many famous works which permeate throughout Frankenstein. From Plutarch’s Lives of the Romans and Milton’s Paradise Lost to Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Shelly utilizes these famous works to foreshadow plots and mold the characters of her novel. In the beginning letters of the novel, Walton writes his beloved sister informing her on his journey to the north pole. In these letters, he references the well-known poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Shelly possibly could have been alluding to Coleridge’s poem to foreshadow the themes of the novel and emphasizing the similarity of the actions of Victor and the sailor. Both of these characters were presented with an option of good but by choosing to act against it brought disastrous consequences. In The Ancient Mariner, the sighting of an albatross was a good omen to the sailors and helped them navigate the deleterious fog. However, despite the benefits the bird brought, the mariner impulsively decided to shoot the…

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