Victor Frankenstein And The Mariner Analysis

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There are many who believe in the idea of fate deciding their future and therefore, they do not feel the need to take value in thinking before making decisions. However, the future is decided based on the actions of a person alone. Those actions, if done without thinking, will ultimately lead to a life of guilt. A future weighed down by relentless mental obsession with guilt and in turn social isolation is a fate sealed the moment one makes an ignorant decision. Two characters in literature that are meant to show these lasting negative repercussions of ignorant actions are Mary Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s mariner. Both make the mistake of acting on impulse as Frankenstein creates his monster and the mariner kills…show more content…
They also face physical isolations from society, as they watch the people around them die. However, the mental isolation they endure is a far worse pain. It is difficult for them to reconnect with society because both Frankenstein and the mariner are trapped in their minds by the guilt that resides there; even after the physical burden has been eliminated. The only way that both Frankenstein and the mariner can find a connection to society, is by reliving the very thing that disconnected them from society. Storytelling does not get rid of the mental burden, but it lightens it because someone finally can learn to understand why they carry this burden. The ignorant actions of both the mariner in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein, the lasting mental burdens carried by both, as well as their subsequent attempts to use storytelling to relieve their mental burdens; show that the only way to regain social interaction after the obsession with guilt has isolated a person, is through the alleviation of this mental burden by advising others against acting on…show more content…
This is because for so long, one is isolated by the thought that no one understands what he or she is going through. Therefore, as Frankenstein and the mariner realize, storytelling to a willing listener finally gives a reconnection back to society. Also, it gives the ability to contribute back to society by warning others against committing the same mistakes. The mariner’s forever punishment is to always feel pain until he tells his story, as he explains to the wedding guest, “Since then, at an uncertain hour, That agony returns; And till my ghastly tale is told, This heart within me burns” (582-585). He will never be able to go back and reverse his ignorant actions, however through his punishment he is able to relieve his heart of his burden of guilt. The mariner has guilt because his actions hurt those around him and if he can prevent someone else from making those same bad decisions; he is able to possibly save other people’s lives. He is able to lighten his guilt for some time and by reliving his painful story, he can truly convince people to behave differently than he. Frankenstein also feels agony in reliving his story, however the horror he speaks of, is a true warning for Robert Walton. Walton explains the pain he saw Frankenstein suffer as he writes to his sister, “Sometimes, seized with sudden agony, he could not continue his tale; at others, his voice broken, yet
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