The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The Mariner is not in the hands of a merciful God because his agony always returns. He asks for forgiveness of his agony but still after he tells his tale the agony returns at random times. A merciful God would grant permanent mercy. For all, the Mariner has been through death and hardship of his crew because of the killing of the albatross. The thought of his crime is enough agony but the Mariner's agony returns until he has to relive the tragedy of the killing of his crew by telling his tale to another person.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is a poem about a lone sailor who survives a disastrous voyage at sea. Believing himself to be responsible for this tragedy he dooms himself to recount his tale to strangers. The most common interpretation of this poem is the religious view of crime and punishment. Early in the poem the Mariner shoots an albatross a symbol of good luck. Since it is a moral wrong to shoot the albatross, for you are supposed to love “all things both great and small”, the crew eventually was punished.
When the boss first finds the fly, he chooses to save it and observes it see if it survives. He even praises it aloud saying, "You artful little b..." implying his wish to escape from depression. No one expects his or her child to die in war and I believe the fly represents his son who was in a dark, deadly place, and who the boss wanted to survive desperately. Although, the fly also represents something else, the boss 's depression. He drips ink onto the fly again just to watch it struggle to free itself and it does escape, but grows tired.
Carton is affected by sadness, guilt, alcoholism, distress, love, and jealousy. He is the most influential character in the story, and saves Charles Darnay’s life while ending his own. Sydney is affected by society in ways such as his problem with alcoholism, jealousy, and his sympathetic emotions. When Carton is first introduced into the story, we perceive through the quote, “I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me."
They talk for a while and then Rahim Khan brings up how Hassan lives. In shock, Amir says Hassans’s name out loud for the first time in years. Amir thinks to himself as the regrets and memories that come with his name come flooding back, “Those thorny old barbs of guilt bore into me once more, as if speaking his name had broken a spell, set them free to torment me anew” (202). The guilt Amir feels from not helping Hassan when he gets raped, the lying so he would leave, thinking that would make his feeling better, still haunts him and still exists as an enormous part of Amir’s life. No matter how Amir tries to get over with Hassan, Amir always thinks about his best friend.
The albatross is the main idea, so it plays a huge role in the theme of the poem. It enhances the mystery, suffering, pride, and adventure that the poem portrays throughout the story line. The poem’s main theme is transformation in that the Mariner starts out as a sailor who does not appreciate the superstitions or the albatross that in turn ends up blessing the ugly sea creatures as an act of redemption. The poem states, “He prayeth best, who loveth best all things both great and small; for the dear God who loveth us, he mad and loveth all” (Coleridge, 1680). When he prays for the sea creatures, he is showing how he loves all the creatures, big or small, created by God himself.
They involve the respect for nature, but mostly on the subject of sin and redemption, the Mariner’s wrongdoing and all that penance the Mariner must endure to learn this fact. All the while Coleridge uses metaphoric imagery and stylistic phrasing to shape the world and mood that changes in correspondence of each part of the Mariner’s journey. A major symbol that sticks out the most is the albatross, as the Mariner must wear its corpse after his action, signifying the sin to bear. It is not until he blesses the creatures of the sea that it drops from his neck, soon blessed with sleep and rain. Of course it represents that he is redeemed, which is why a voice during the narrative comments that there is still penance to be done, referring to the Mariner’s endless life of agony.
“...more horrible than that...I saw that curse, And yet I could not die” (Coleridge). “She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, That slid into my soul” (Coleridge). The Mariner feels responsible for his crew 's suffering (along with himself) as the penalty for killing the innocent Albatross. The Mariner is punished by being forced to watch his crew be released and knowing he must suffer further (he must suffer alone): "The souls did from their bodies fly, They fled to bliss or woe! And every soul, it passed me by, Like the whizz of my cross-bow” (Coleridge).
Man vs. Nature is one type of conflict present in the novel. For instance, “By this time it blew a terrible Storm indeed, and now I began to see Terror and Amazement in the Faces even of the Seamen themselves. The master, tho ' vigilant to the Business of preserving the Ship, yet as he went in and out of his Cabbin by men, I could hear him softly to himself say several times, Lord be merciful to us, we shall be all lost, we shall be all undone; and the like” (Defoe 63). Initially, the natural world is a terrifying place for Crusoe.
As the Mariner is in the beginning of his story, the people hear the wedding bells ring. An albatross then appears and becomes friendly with the shipmates, the bird leads them out of Antarctica. The Mariner then shoots the albatross. After he shot the bird, his shipmates are aggravated with the Mariner, they believed that this bird was the miracle that lead their ship out of the South. Nevertheless, as the weather changed and got better they were happy that the Mariner killed the bird.