EN10020 Patrick Kavanagh 1stassignment
The research article this essay aims to explore is 'Ecotheology and the Idea of Forgiveness in 'The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner' written by Paul Chi Hun Kim1. The article's main idea revolves around the thought that humans are not above nature but rather, in 'mutuality'1 (Kim,107). The essays key theory is that the Mariner gains forgiveness once he has accepted that he is no greater than nature and that in order to have a strong relationship with God he needs to love nature. This is reinforced throughout the bible particularly in Ecclesiastes 3:19, which states:
' that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for allis vanity.' 2 (Ecclesiastes 3:19).
Kim relies heavily on his interpretation of bible passages throughout his argument and this can cause a number of issues. All bibles are slightly different and the changing of a few words can change the whole meaning of the passage, on top of this Kim is unclear as to which bible he has referred too and to which edition, again this is an important factor to consider as not only do the bible change from publication to publication but from edition to edition too.
Kim refers back to the idea that the reason the Mariner was ultimately 'free' because of his willingness to 're-connect' 1 (116) with nature and God. Kim however, fails to discuss what happens to the Mariners other shipmates and why they were not given a chance to redeem themselves and become again, one with nature, even though they arguably committed the lesser crimes. This over...