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The audience of any story generally functions as the recipient of the narration of the story-teller or of a character in the story This relationship consists of two roles the passive role of the audience as the recipient of knowledge or ideas and the active role of the teller as the sender of this information Furthermore this passive-active role can be differentiated into a figuratively gendered relationship traditional to a great deal of literature of the late 1700s and early 1800s such as Samuel Taylor Coleridges The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Mary Shelleys Frankenstein of the passive female role as recipient and the active male role of sender Wedding Guest The wedding guest in Samuel Taylor Coleridges The Rime of the Ancient Mariner functions as the audience to the Mariners tale He is mesmerized by the Mariners narrative of devastation and has no other choice but to sit and to listen to the hypnotic words The gendered relationship between the narrator and the audience becomes evident in the opening of the story The teller of this tale the ancient Mariner assumes the figuratively male role as the active narrator of a story as the one who dictates what the audience hears The audience of the tale the wedding guest assumes the feminine role as a passive receiver This relationship is clearly demonstrated as the wedding guest seems to be hypnotized by the Mariners words and cannot move from his position At this point the wedding guest will hear everything from the Mariner that the reader will read so he is also representative of Coleridges relationship to his own audience the reader Based on this correlation between the wedding guest as the Mariners audience and the reader as the authors audience then Coleridge is able to blatantly present the moral of his poem in the Mariners farewell to the wedding guest Since the Mariners crew cannot be considered a moral authority of any sort
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