Rime of the Ancient Mariner Katie Hylton 7th (Part 4 (Characters…
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Katie Hylton 7th
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
born in Devonshire, England
one of fourteen children
born on October 21, 1772
had a lot of financial problems throughout his life
the mariner stops the wedding guest and tells him his story.
The mariner joined 200 other men and left his home land by sea, they are saved by an Albatross after a bad storm
The mariner shoots the Albatross on impulse, and a spirit who loved the Albatross killed all of his shipmates and left him to be haunted
A ghost ship manned by Death picks him up
He is cursed and forced to tell his story to other lonely travelers
Spirit from land of mist and snow
slimy sea snakes/creatures
great white sea bird
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
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
there is a wedding and an old man stops a guest to tell him a tale of a cursed ship
The old mariner has some magic power in his eye and forces the young man to listen
1 The Mariner spends over a week on the ship
2 He's dying of thirst, the ship won't move, and weird slimy sea creatures surround the ship and play in the light
3 The Mariner tries to pray but his heart is as dry as his mouth. He cannot pray because he feels guilty and he has tender feelings for God's creation
4 Eventually, after watching the creatures play in the water, he develops a fondness for them and this feeling in his heart brings him redemption.
5 the Albatross falls from his neck and he can pray again
1 Because the curse is lifted, h sleeps and when he wakes up its raining-- then the wind is moving and the clouds are flying by showing him glimpses of the stars
2 The dead sailors rise up and start to work the ropes the way they had when they were alive and the mariner helps.
3 Wedding guest bursts in and is afraid of the zombie sailors the mariner reassures him that it was all angels, when they sun comes up they lay down and spirits leave their bodies
4 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.
5 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.
One of three people on their way to a wedding reception
unnaturally old, with skinny, deeply-tanned limbs and a "glittering eye."
Great, white seabird
saves the sailors
loved by a powerful spirit
Two hundred seamen who set sail with the Ancient Mariner
Embodied in a hulking form on the ghost ship
The captain of the small boat that rows out to the Ancient Mariner's ship
The ship is stuck in the doldrums; no wind and no water to drink
The Ghost ship comes sailing towards them with Lady Luck and Death on board playing dice for the sailor' souls
Lady Luck wins the game and he Ghost ship speeds away. Night falls
The sailor curse him with their eye ad then fall dead on the ship's deck leaving the Mariner alive all alone
The sailors initially blame the Mariner for killing the bird that brought them the breeze but then praise the mariner for killing the bird that brought them out of the land of the 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 ship is returning north after sailing through the Antarctic, they are now in south Pacific
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 ice and snow
The sailors blame their fate on the mariner and hang the dead bird around his neck as a sign of guilt
In Christian writings, pride is one of the most basic and important sins
Suffering is sometimes the only way to change someone's habits for good
the Mariner travels the country looking for lost souls like himself and sharing his story
Historical Context (What is going on in the world when this was written)HINT the industrial revolution
The Romantics movement
reaction to Enlightenment
Enlightenment: logical > purely emotional
often portrayed love as tormented and unreachable
"the rebellious child of the Enlightenment"