The rime of the ancient mariner

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  • Part 1 / Stanza 4 The easy way the Mariner stole the man's will with one glance of his "glittering eye" marked the fey quality of this conversation, and foretold a story of mythic proportions.
  • Part 1 / Stanza 16 The albatross represented a reprieve from their turmoil at sea, as it came "through the fog" as though a gift from heaven, and they treated it so, calling it a "Christian soul."
  • Part 2 / Stanza 4 & 14 The sudden shift from anger to acceptance to anger over the death of the albatross highlighted how much superstition ruled the sailor's lives.
  • Part 3 / Stanza 18 The coming of the death ship marked the climax of the Mariner's hopelessness. His crew mates all lay dead before him, as he is left to ponder his wrong doings again with the albatross.
  • Part 4 / Stanza 4 The mariner compares himself to the "thousand thousand slimy things" living on to show his disgust with himself, and his wanting for the sweet release of death.
  • Part 4 / Stanza 14 The moment the Mariner stops wallowing in self-pity, and appreciates the sheer beauty of the creatures, he blesses them, and in doing so, breaks the chains that bind him to the Albatross, signifying a change in his heart.
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