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Lesson 01.02 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Storyboard Adam Jablonski
Although he initially believes the Mariner to be a fool, the Wedding Guest decides to listen to the Mariner's story, realizing he is determined to make it known.
"The wedding guest sat on a stone: He cannot chuse but hear. And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner." Part the First - 5.1-4
"With sloping masts and dipping prow, As who pursued with yell and blow Still treads the shadow of his foe And forward bends his head, The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast, And southward aye we fled." Part the First - 12.1-6
A storm forced the Mariner's ship and crew to head south towards the Pole, as if the storm was chasing them.
The sight of an Albatross following a ship was considered a good omen and a sign of God's blessing by sailors, meaning that they were a welcome sight on a journey.
"At length did cross an Albatross, Through the fog it came; As if it had been a Christian soul, We hailed it in God's name." Part the First - 16.1-4
By killing the Albatross, the Mariner believes he brought ill fate and fortune upon his ship and crewmates, causing him to feel unremitting guilt and remorse over his actions.
"God save thee, ancient Mariner!" From the fiends, that plague thee thus!-- Why look'st thou so?"--With my cross-bow I shot the Albatross. Book the First - 20.1-4
"Ah! well a-day! what evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung." Part the Second - 14.1-4
The Mariner's ship was stranded in the southern seas after the wind completely died. This causes the crew to dehydrate as their water supplies diminish, with many blaming the Mariner for bringing this upon them by killing the Albatross. The Mariner is not unaware, remarking that it felt as though the Albatross was hung about his neck.
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