The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Themes | LitCharts
Comparing Themes The theme is the subject of a piece of writing. While there are many different genres of writing in the world, similar themes can be found in different books of different genres. In both Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, pride and suffering are themes present throughout the texts, but isolation is presented differently. The first theme present in both pieces of literature is that of pride, which leads the main character. This text is set between the physical world and the metaphysical spiritual world , similar to religious teachings found in the Bible.
While it can be beautiful and frightening often simultaneously , the natural world's power in " The Rime of the Ancient Mariner " is unquestionable. In a move typical of Romantic poets both preceding and following Coleridge, and especially typical of his colleague, William Wordsworth, Coleridge emphasizes the way in which the natural world dwarfs and asserts its awesome power over man. Especially in the text, in which Coleridge includes marginal glosses, it is clear that the spiritual world controls and utilizes the natural world. At times the natural world seems to be a character itself, based on the way it interacts with the Ancient Mariner.