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1 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

2 An Ancient Mariner stops one (of three) on his way to a wedding. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

3 The wedding guest is mesmerized by the Mariners passion and begins listening to the story.

4 The Mariners Tale: Their ship is driven south, by a storm, to a place of mist and snow. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

5 The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It cracked and growled, and roared and howled, Like noises in a swound! The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

6 Surrounded by ice. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

7 An albatross appears. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

8 The albatross leads them out of the fog. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

9 The Mariner shoots the albatross. At first the crew condemns him, but when a favorable breeze appears, they justify his action. This implicates them in his crime. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

10 Later, the wind stops and the ship is stranded for days, As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean. Water, water, every where, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink. The crew blames the Mariner for no wind and hangs the albatross around his neck as punishment. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

11 A ghost ship approaches with a Specter- Woman and her Death-Mate as crew. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

12 Death and Life in Death roll dice for the lives of the ships crew. Life in Death wins. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

13 Each turned his face with a ghastly pang, and cursed me with his eye With heavy thump, a lifeless lump, they dropped down one by one. 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! The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

14 Alone, alone, all, all alone, alone on a wide wide sea! And never a saint took pity on my soul in agony. Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse, and yet I could not die. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

15 Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water- snakes O happy living things! No tongue their beauty might declare: A spring of love gushed from my heart, and I blessed them unaware The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

16 The curse is lifted and the albatross falls from his neck and sinks like lead into the sea. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

17 The dead men awaken and the Mariner directs his ghostly crew North. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

18 As the Mariner returns to his home port, the spirits of his crew leave their bodies. He receives forgiveness (shrieve) from a hermit. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

19 The Mariners ship sinks. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

20 The story concluded, the wedding guest leaves a sadder and a wiser man. The Mariner must tell his tale to warn others (redemption). The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

21 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The Rime of the Ancient Mariner By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

22 Heros Journey According to Joseph Campbell, the "Hero's Journey" tells the story of the hero in order to convey what it means to live an "authentic life." What does the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" tell us about what we should do to live an "authentic life"?

23 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Lyrical Ballads Published in 1798 with William Wordsworth The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the Lyrical Ballads

24 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Ancient Mariner long gray beard and glittering eye It is the eye that holds the attention of the Wedding Guest Suggests the supernatural

25 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Ancient Mariner Major Change Initially view nature from a negative perspective slimy Needlessly kills the albatross Once he begins to appreciate nature, the curse is broken and he is able to pray.

26 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Ancient Mariner Penance Must retell his story Initiated by some sort of burning from within Only retelling the story alleviates the pain

27 Ancient Mariner Penance Travels from land to land Has strange powers of speech Has the ability to speak multiple languages – Suggests divine intervention Recognizes who must hear his story Suggests divine intervention

28 Wedding Guest Cannot escape the eye of the Mariner Fearful of the Mariner Believes that he is a ghost Why is the Wedding Guest chosen by the Mariner? Possesses a similar flaw Lack of harmony with nature

29 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Hermit Religious man/priest Kneels three times a day In tune with nature His cushion is a moss covered stump Therefore, he is painted in a positive light by Coleridge

30 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Symbols Albatross Symbol of nature Dies at the hands of the Mariner Loves the Mariner Demonstrates natures desire to harmonize with humanity

31 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Themes Religion Divine Intervention No waves or wind in the ocean Allows the boat to travel at incredible speeds With the condition of the boat, it should not realistically be able to sail The burning inside the Mariner

32 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Themes Religion Forgiveness and Penance Needs the Hermit to forgive him In order to be forgiven, the Mariner must perform his penance

33 Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Themes Creating a Harmony Between Humanity and Nature Major theme of the Romantic Age Once the Mariner embraces nature, the curse begins to evaporate

34 Themes Creating a Harmony Between Humanity and Nature The Mariners mission is to warn people who display the characteristic that at one time dominated his life Find people who are not in sync with nature Tell them his story Change their ways Harmonize humanity with nature

35 Parts I-IV Encounters a wedding guest Transfixed by glittering eye Begins to tell story… sunny/happy seas, then engrossed by ice Albatross appears- wind picks up and ship breaks free Sailor shoots bird (symbol of freedom)

36 Parts I-IV Crew angry, but then fog lifts.. Wears Albatross corpse like a cross around neck Ship stranded. Creatures emerge from the sea, crew grows parched Sees a ship, but it is only a ghostly skeletal hull with Death and Life-in-Death Stars emerge- sailors die one by one 7 days, 7 nights the mariner was trapped with the ghosts. Snakes swam in the sea… finally able to pray, blesses the snakes & the albatross falls from his neck. Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

37 Parts V-VII Now can sleep, but rain breaks through and drenches him. Tormented by bodies/spirits Perform tasks of old crew and ship moves Spirits begin to sing, leave the bodies Ship stops, begins to move backward (tug of war) Ships lurches forward, mariner falls. Hears two voices: one asking if he is man who killed the albatross, the other claiming he has served his penance Moon overpowers the sea and the ship moves forward Headed towards home… once close to shore he sees the Pilot, the Pilots son, and the holy Hermit were rowing out toward him. Hoped that the Hermit could shrive (absolve) him of his sin, washing the blood of the Albatross off his soul. The Hermit, a holy man who lived in the woods and loved to talk to mariners from strange lands, had encouraged the Pilot and his son not to be afraid and to row out to the ship.

38 Parts V-VII But as they reached the Mariners ship, it sank in a sudden whirlpool, leaving the Mariner afloat and the Pilots rowboat spinning in the wake. The Mariner was loaded aboard the Pilots ship, and the Pilots boy, mad with terror, laughed hysterically and declared that the devil knows how to row. On land, the Mariner begged the Hermit to shrive him, and the Hermit bade the Mariner tell his tale. Once it was told, the Mariner was free from the agony of his guilt. However, the guilt returned over time and persisted until the Mariner traveled to a new place and told his tale again.

39 Parts V-VII The moment he comes upon the man to whom he is destined to tell his tale, he knows it, and he has no choice but to relate the story then and there to his appointed audience; the Wedding-Guest is one such person. The church doors burst open, and the wedding party streams outside. The Mariner declares to the Wedding-Guest that he who loves all Gods creatures leads a happier, better life; he then takes his leave. The Wedding-Guest walks away from the party, stunned, and awakes the next morning a sadder and a wiser man. Geschke/British Literature Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


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