The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Questions and Answers
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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What is the two setting of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

The two settings of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are, first, the frame story of the wedding where the wedding guest meets the mariner, and, second, the story within a story of the mariner's dramatic adventures at sea.

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner has two basic settings: the wedding at which the mariner tells the wedding guest his story, and the setting of the mariner's story, which is primarily at sea.

The mariner stops the wedding guest as he is on his way to the wedding reception. The wedding guest is irritated because he wants to get into the reception room with the food, music, and dancing. However, something about the mariner's personality grips him and holds him place.

The wedding reception is the frame story. The second setting is the story within the story that the mariner tells. This starts as the mariner is on board a ship headed for the South pole. In a dramatic Antarctic setting, the sailors are surrounding by fogs and dangerous icebergs. After the mariner kills the albatross, the sea setting changes to a hot place where the sailors seem to be in a painted vessel on a painted sea. There is no breeze and the water is so still the ship is stuck in place. The sailors are parched with thirst.

Finally, having realized the worth of God's creation, the mariner gets to land. Here he meets a hermit and learns he must continually tell his story. At this point, we return to the frame setting of the mariner finishing relating to the wedding guest his tale.