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"The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Prompt:Trace the Mariner's guilt/atonement (giving examples oh his sin, punishment, penance and wisdom learned). Pay special attention to the poem's SHIFT and relate it to a major THEME in the poem.Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," tells of a journey undergone by a sailor known as the Mariner. The Mariner's journey is not just physical, but of a spiritual nature as well, with the ultimate destination of enlightenment obtained through repentance.The Mariner's tale begins several days into a voyage at sea. At this point, the Mariner and his crew are overwhelmed by a sudden squall. They are helpless to stop the ship as it is forced by the storm off course, in a southern direction. The ship eventually comes to rest in a region of the South Pole surrounded densely in fog, referred to as the "land of ice, and of fearful sounds, where no living thing was to be seen." Faced with this predicament the Mariner and his crew are overcome with dismay, but their spirits are soon lifted due the appearance of a great bird of the sea, known as the albatross.The albatross was hailed as a great boon by the Mariner and his crew. This can be seen when the Mariner says in reference to the albatross, "As if it had been a Christian soul, We hailed it in God's name." After this first encounter, the bird continues to follow the ship as it heads north guided by the south wind. Though, the Mariner gained the trust and friendship of the albatross to the point that it would feed from his hand, he one day, for no plausible reason, strikes down the unsuspecting bird with his crossbow. When the crew first learns of the Mariner's heinous crime their first reaction is anger and resentment towards the Mariner. Though, the crew would soon feel differently when shortly after the albatross' murder, the fog that had plagued them for so long begins to disperse. Then the crew is quick to condemn the bird they had recently revered as good for changing the wind in their favor, of having been a bad omen.The good fortune of the Mariner and his crew following the murder of the albatross is short-lived, as they are soon faced with one misfortune after another. The first hardship to befall them occurs when the ship reaches the equator and is becalmed. After many days without water the crew becomes hostile, and through their dreams it is revealed that the Mariner is to blame for their plight. Also, they come to the conclusion that a vengeful spirit had pursued them. For these reasons, the Mariner is shunned by his crew and upon his neck the corpse of the albatross is hung, symbolizing his sin. As more days come to pass the thirst of the Mariner and his crew becomes so great that their tongues dry out, leaving them unable to speak so that the crew can no longer voice their contempt for the Mariner and must resort to simply glaring at him. At this point, the Mariner looks to the heavens and attempts to pray, but his only answer is a "wicked whisper" that makes his heart...

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