The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor

Coleridge, deals with the Mariners alienation from the

subsequent reconciliation with the natural world. The

Mariners shooting of the albatros suggests his

alienation from natural life because the albatros is a

symbol of good omen. As a result of killing the

albatros only bad things will come. What seems to make

the albatros fall from the Mariners neck and leave him

momentarily free is reconciliation, meaning a change

from bad to good. This symbolizes that the Mariner has

finally come to realize the natural life as well as the

rest of his surrounding.

The Mariner is alienated from the natural world

because of the shooting of the albatros. He didnt

have any premeditated thoughts about killing the bird.

The Mariner just acted on impulse and didnt even

consider what may arise from his actions. One way to

look at the albatros is as a guiding spirit. The

albatros always kept an eye on the Mariner and watched

over him from the sky.

The Mariner becomes reconciled with the natural

world. The Mariner blesses unaware “happy living

things”,

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