The rime of the ancient marinerPresentation Transcript
Karen Cruz Lisa Oommen Trevor Walker Lytton Courtney Sam Norton (Part 7)
The Ancient Mariner preaches respect for the natural world in order to be in good terms with the spiritual world. He says that order to respect God, one must respect all of His creations.
Developed through word choice, similes, imagery, and minor tone shifts
Wind picks up, Mariner sees shore
Ship sinks, but Hermit and Pilot save him even though they think he is dead
Ancient Mariner speaks and decides to help row the boat. The Pilot and his son are terrified
Hermit asks what kind of man he was
Ancient Mariner learns that his “agony” can be relieved by telling his tale
After telling the Hermit his story, his physical pain went away and he felt normal again
He tells the Wedding-Guest that he wanders from place to place looking for “certain people” in which he must tell his story in order for the pain could go away.
Says that the best way to become close with God is by respecting all living creatures, since He loves them all.
Ancient Mariner vanishes
Wedding-Guest doesn’t join the wedding reception
Instead he walks away after learning and becoming wiser upon hearing the Ancient Marnier’s tale
“ The rotted old-oak stump” shows forest imagery of how the Hermit is associated with nature.
The Hermit lives in harmony with nature and God, which causes the Mariner to praise him: “He kneels at morn and moon eve.”
“ The planks looked warped! and see those sails, how thin they are!” emphasizes the ghostly appearance of the ship. It seems unnatural. Adds to the mystical, supernatural atmosphere and how nature plays a role.
“ Brown skeletons of leaves that lag my forest-brook along” - again shows the ship having a ghostly figure and comparing it to something that is dying.
Effect: the Hermit is closely associated with nature, so he comes to represent redemption
Begins with dialogue between the Hermit and the Pilot
Hermit states that the boat has a “fiendish look” and that he’s “a-feared.”
“‘ Push on, Push on!’ Said the Hermit cheerily ” – word choice suggests the Hermit is undaunted
Shows the contrast between the Hermit’s and Pilots’ reaction to the “ghostly ship.”
The ship went down like lead ”- simile resembles the part when the albatross fell from his neck into the ocean.
After the ship went down, the Mariner was left with a burden, similar to his guilt after he killed the albatross.
“ Like one that hath been seven days drowned”- Simile that expresses the Mariner’s physical appearance. He appears dead.
Emphasizes his punishment in becoming “Life-in-Death”
“ Laughed loud and long, and all the while his eyes went to and fro… full plain I see, the devil knows how to row.” – imagery that displays how the Pilot’s son looses his mind in seeing the “devil” through the Mariner’s body.
“ Oh shrieve me, shrieve me holy man!”- Mariner asks the Hermit to free him of his sins since the Hermit represents liberation. This also hints a penance.
“ With a woeful agony , which forced me to begin my tale…”- the Mariner feels physical pain and he must tell his tale to make it go away. Serves as his punishment.
“ Till my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns.”- It signifies the gruesome imagery of this tale.
“ I pass, like night, from land to land.” – simile comparing night to the way that he wanders around the world telling the people of his tale. He moves like night which is dark and mysterious.
“ O Wedding-Guest! This soul hath been/ Alone on wide wide sea” – connects to when he was stuck in the middle of ocean and how he doubted God’s love.
“ O sweeter than the marriage-feast…” - Tone changes to didactic by explaining the importance of prayer with “good company.”
Mariner refers to God throughout this section
“ He prayeth well, who loveth well/Both man and bird and beast.” sums up his tale by declaring that only people who love God’s creations can gain salvation, alluding back to the theme
“ For the dear God who loveth us,/He made and loveth all.“ again preaches God’s love
“ Whose beard with age is hoar” imagery illustrating the mariner’s old age through his gray beard
The mariner praises the Hermit since he represents an example of living in harmony with nature. He advises the wedding guest that one can live in a better world by seeing value the mundane or ordinary things in life.
The Ancient Mariner was punished through a curse since he did not value nature (an important element in Romanticism).
His punishment is spreading his tale to those that will probably learn something from his own experience.