Rime of the Ancient Mariner N. Peters (Plot (3.The weather is inclement…
Rime of the Ancient Mariner N. Peters
3.The weather is inclement and stormy. They enter into a winter wild land.
4.The albatross appears and is a good omen: the weather settles down.
2.The ship travels south to Antartica.
5.The mariner shoots the albatross, cursing the crew.
1.The mariner tells the wedding guest about his story.
Historical Context (What is going on in the world when this was written)
3 The ship sails from England to the Antarctic, becomes 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.
4 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.
2 The old mariner has some magic power in his eye and forces the young man to listen.
1 There is a wedding and a old man stops one of the guests to tell the story of a cursed ship.
3.Ambivalence -- doubt and misgiving in the face of a complicated and mysterious world
1.Pride -- is an important mistaken
3.The ship is stuck in the doldrums near the equator and there are slimy sea creatures and a horrible heat and thirst
4.The St. Elmo's fire, and bioluminescence of 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
2.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 mist
5.The sailors blame their fate on the Mariner and hang the dead bird around his neck as a sign of guilt.
1.The Ship is returning north after sailing through the Antartica, they are now in the S. Pacific
The ghost ship comes sailing towards them with Lady Luck and death on board playing dice for the sailors souls
Lady Luck wins the game and the Ghost ship speeds away. Night Fails.
The ship is stuck in the doldnums; no wind, and no water to drink
The sailors curse him with their eyes and then fail dead on the ships deck leaving the Mariner alive all alone
The Mariner tries to pray but his heart is as dry as his mouth. He cannot pray because he feels guilty and he has no tender feelings for God's creation.
Eventually, after watching the creatures play in the water, he develops a fondness for them and this feeling in his heart brings him redemption.
He's dying of thirst, the ship won't move, and weird slimy sea creatures surround the ship and play in the moon light.
The Albatross falls from his neck and he can pray again.
The Mariner spends over a week on the ship.
The breeze starts 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 lit 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 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 because the Hermit from the woods who is a holy man is in the boat too and the Mariner thinks he can cleanse his soul.
The 2 angels are observing the ship as it drives the mariner home to England. The angels do not know who or what is making the ship go.
Wedding guest burst in and is afraid of the zombie sailors the mariner reassures him the is the was all lay down and spirits leave their bodies.
The spirits fly around the boats making sweet sounds the ship moves on but not from the breeze the spirit from the land of mist and snow.
The dead sailors rise up and start to work the ropes the way they had when the mariner helps.
Because the curse is lifted he sleeps and when he wakes up it is raining then the wind is moving and the clouds are flying by showing him glimpses of the stars
The mariner faints and hears two voices in his head that are saying he was the one who shot the bird and he will continue to pay for this crime.