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In the late eighteenth century there was a huge fear and public debate about reading the new genre novel In particular the fright was aimed at the young girls from the working class The public dreaded that young servant girls would read novels such as Samuel Richardsons Clarissa and Pamela or Virtue Rewarded and subsequently become tremendously obsessed with the fictional world that they would aspire to pursue this unmoral lifestyle The public worried the moral fabric of the nation would be unwoven because of the power of the printed words They feared the new mass media print would have a kind of enchantment over these poor uneducated servant girls This kind of enchantment is also seen in Samuel Taylor Coleridges poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The poem is not only about a shipwrecked and haunted Mariner Instead it is about the telling of the tale of the shipwrecked and haunted Mariner The poem is on the meta-level about poetic narrative This essay focuses on how Coleridge is able to be self-reflexive through using a frame narrative structure his analogy between the Ancient Mariner and Coleridge himself as the poet and his use of ambiguity In writing The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in a frame narrative structure it enables Coleridge to be self-reflexive It allows Coleridge to emphasize his own role as a poet Throughout the poem Coleridge weaves in and out of different levels of narratives It begins with the narrative of the Mariner speaking to the guest and then in the narrative of the Mariners tale this theme is sustained throughout the poem In Part 4 the narrative is switched from the Mariners tale to the frame narrative and back into the Mariners tale Ane every soul it passed me by Like the whizz of my cross-bow 222-223 The tale is interrupted by the guest I fear thee Ancient Mariner I fear thy skinny hand224-225 The Mariner reples
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