The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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1. Two animals play crucial roles in Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”: the albatross in Part 1 and the water snake at the end of Part 4. How do you read the two animals in this poem? What do they symbolize? Three guys are on the way to a wedding celebration, and then the Mariner stops one of them at the door. The old sailor uses his hypnotic eyes to hold the attention of the Wedding Guest, and he starts to tell a story about a mysterious journey he took. The Wedding Guest cannot get himself away from this grizzled old mariner. The Mariner begins his story. They left port toward the south, and the ship sailed down near Antarctica to get away from a storm, but then they get caught in a dangerous, foggy ice field. An albatross shows up to steer them through the fog and provide good winds, but then the Mariner decides to shoot it with a cross bow. Bad things come one after another. Their ship stops because of the loss of wind. They run out of water while the weather gets really hot. Everyone blames him for killing the albatross that they replace the cross with dead albatross around his neck to remind him of his error. Next, he indirectly get everyone on the ship dead because of the sin he commits. Feeling guilty, the Mariner wants to pray because he is still be cursed. But the Mariner escapes his curse by unconsciously blessing the water snakes, and the albatross drops off his neck into the ocean. In the poem, I think the Albatross represents Nature, but it means nothing to the Mariner. What’s more, a ship followed by an albatross is generally consider an omen of good luck. When the Mariner kills the symbol of Nature, which is regarded as an act that will curse the ship, Nature quickly changes and began punishing him. He is then tortured by the rays of the sun and mocked by the sight of water that he could not drink. The Mariner is also cursed because
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