The temporal world interjects itself into the storytelling haze, which the Ancient Mariner captures the readers and the Wedding Guest. The Ancient Mariner begins his tale but the joyful sound of the bassoon at the wedding reception distracts the Wedding Guest.
The Ancient Mariner cannot enjoy the temporal world because he is condemned to perpetually relive the story of his past.
The temporal world with its ‘petty’ pleasures does tempt the Wedding Guest. The Wedding Guest is of that world therefore he is next of kin to the bridegroom and is intimate with the worldly joys of the festival.
At the end of the story, the Mariner is condemned to feel the perpetual pangs of terror which forces him to tell the rhyme (story).
In the Ancient…