M. Shelton Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Non Human Characters ( Albatross …
M. Shelton Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Three guys are on the way to a wedding celebration when an old sailor (the Mariner) stops one of them at the door (we'll call him the Wedding Guest). Using his hypnotic eyes to hold the attention of the Wedding Guest, he starts telling a story about a disastrous journey he took.
The second is that the sailors are implicated in the Ancient Mariner's crime.
Nature vs Supernatural
Ancient Mariner spends most of the poem paying for his one, impulsive error of killing the Albatross.
The Mariner is an old man.
Historical Context (What is going on in the world when this was written) (HINT: the industrial revolution)
The ship sails from England to the Antarctic, because stranded in the ice and fog until an Albatross shows up and then the ice splits and the ship sails through to the Pacific Ocean.
Although the bird is playful and friendly to the mariners, and seems to be a good omen, the mariner shoots the bird with his crossbow.
The old mariner has some magic power in his eye and forces the young man to listen.
There is a wedding and an old man stops one of the guests to tell the story of a curse ship.
The St. Elmo's fire, and bioluminescence of the algae provoke feelings of superstition in the sailors and they dream that an evil spirit has followed them from the land of mist and snow.
The sailors blame their fate on the Mariner and hang the dead bird around his neck as a sign of guilt.
The ship os stuck in the doldrums near the equator and there are slimy sea creatures and a horrible heat and thirst.
The sailors initially blame the Mariner for killing the bird that brought the breeze but then praise the Mariner for killing the bird that brought them out of the land of snow and moist.
The Ship is returning north after sailing through the Antarctic, they are now in the South Pacific
The Mariner is cursed and can not pray, nature is tormenting him.
There is some magic that is keeping the dead from rotting.
The Mariner likes the familiar and doesn't like the unfamiliar.
The curse is lifted from the Mariner.
The wedding guest is afraid that he is talking to a ghost.
A ship draws near and they think that they are saved.
The ship looks hellish. The ship is a ghost ship and there are two people on it, death and lady luck.
Time moves slowly when they are sailing on the ocean.
They play a dice game and lady luck wins.
After lady luck wins the ship speeds off. The people are scared.
The dead sailors start to rise up and started working the ropes the way they would if they were when alive.
Wedding guest burst in and is afraid of the zombie sailors the mariner reassures him that it was all angels, when the sun comes up they all lay down and sprits leave their bodies.
Because the curse is lifted, he sleeps and when he wakes up it's raining -- then the wind is moving and the clouds are flying by showing him glimpses of the stars.
The sprits fly around the boat making sweet sounds, the ship moves on but not from the breeze, the sprit from the land of mist and snow.
Ship takes off in a hurry, the mariner falls down and faints and hears 2 voices talking above his head. They say he's the one that shot the bird. He's paid for his crime but will continue to pay.
The breeze start to blow and the Mariner is cheered. We have to move forward in our lives despite what has happened in the past.
He realizes that the ship has reached his home. He sees the harbor bay it beautifully by the moon and sees the pilot and his boy rowing out to help the ship into the harbor to port. Then Angels come and stand on the on the bodies of all the dead sailors and wave.
The Mariner wakes up and the dead bodies are standing around him staring at him reminding him of his crime and guilt and the moon is glittering in their eyes.
The Mariner is excited the Hermit from th woods who is a Holy man is in the boat too and the Mariner thinks he can cease his goal.
The 2 Angels are observing the ship as it drives the Mariner home to England. The Angels don't know who or what is making the ship go.
Non Human Characters
Slimy sea creatures/snakes
Sprit from the land of mist and snow