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The first step to righting a wrong is acknowledging the fault this is why catharsis the purification or cleansing of emotions can only be obtained by those who truly wish to atone for their sins In Samuel Taylor Coleridges Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Marry Shelleys Frankenstein both protagonists are able to see their own faults brewing in others and are compelled to tell their tale to warn them of suffering a similar fate the Ancient Mariner seeks forgiveness of his sins after accepting what he has done and is willing to face the consequences even feeling compelled to tell his take for the good of others meanwhile Victor Frankenstein is clearly displayed as a selfish man through the novel even though trying to create an image of a changed man he remains selfish till the time of his death as his compulsion to tell the tale revokes his selfish thoughts leading him to encourage Robert and his crew to risk their lives to ensure his battle is won The death of all other around the Mariner leads to reflection and regret as the death of others in Frankenstein leads to his own misery embedded in selfish thoughts Victor struggles with his conscience throughout the novel and this conflict leads Victor to solely think about the possible dangers that he alone would face and even more selfishly how others would view him as the true monster The mariner does not fall to this same dilemma as he takes ownership and accepts his consequences leading to the resurrection of others and not death like in Frankenstein The Mariner tries to stop the repetition of similar mistakes by other as he tries to make amends by telling people he believes needs to hear his take as victor on his death bed pleads Robert to continue his quest for revenge after telling the tale that lead to his own demise The true meaning of death is
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