Brandon Baker Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Characters ( Wedding Guest…
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The weather is inclement and stormy. They enter into a winter wild land.
The albatross appears and is a good omen: the weather settles down.
The ship travels south to Antartica.
The mariner shoots the albatross, cursing the crew.
The mariner tells the wedding guest about his story.
Protagonist - He is unnaturally old, with skinny, deeply-tanned limbs and a "glittering eye."
Embodied in a hulking form on the ghost ship. He loses at dice to Life-in-Death, who gets to claim the Ancient Mariner's soul; instead, Death wins the two hundred sailors.
The captain of the small boat that rows out to the Ancient Mariner's ship. He loses his mind when the Ancient Mariner abruptly comes to life and begins to row his boat
The life of someone defined as a character?
Embodied in a beautiful, naked, ghostly woman with golden hair and red lips. She wins at dice over Death and gets to claim the Ancient Mariner's soul, condemning him to a limbo-like living death.
Nature vs Supernatural -- our place in the natural order
Ambivalence -- doubt and misgiving in the face of a complicated and mysterious world
Pride -- is an important mistaken that humans make and we should be humble in the face of mother nature
Historical Context (What is going on in the world when this was written)
The old mariner has some magic power in his eye an it forces the young man to listen.
The ship sails from
There is a wedding and an old man stops one of the guests to tell the story of a cursed ship.
The Ship is returning north after sailing through the Antartica, they are now in the S. Pacific
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
The ship is stuck in the doldrums near the equator and there are slimy sea creatures and a horrible heat and thirst
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
The sailors blame their fate on the Mariner and hang the dead bird around his neck as a sign of guilt.
He cannot pray because he feels guilty knowing he disrespected God's creation.
Nature is tormenting him while the consequences of his actions lay at his feet.
The Mariner is isolated except for sea creatures.
The wedding guest is scared of all the dead bodies.
Slimy sea snakes/creatures
Spirit from the land of mist and snow
The dead sailors rise up and start to work the ropes the way they had when alive and the mariner helps
Wedding guest burst in and is afraid of the zombie sailors and the mariner reassures him that it was all angels, when the sun comes up they all lay down and spirits 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 their stars
The spirits fly around the boat making sweet sounds, the ship moves on but not from the breeze , the spirit 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.
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 waive.
The breezes start to blow and the Mariner is cheated. We have to move forward in our lives despite what has happened in the past.
The Mariner wakes up and the dead bodies are standing around him staring at him reminding him of his crimes and guilt and the moon is glittering in their eyes.
The 2 Angels are observing the ship as it drives the ship as it drives the Mariner home to England. The Angels don't know who or what it is making the ship to go.