The Albatross: The Misfortune Of The Ancient Mariner

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Animals symbolize numerous things in literature and in culture. For the crew, the albatross was a metaphor for a good omen. Coleridge also used the albatross to illustrate purity. Once the old sailor killed the albatross, it was as if he tainted the purity that is life and nature. A connection between the albatross and Christ can be made, once he thoughtlessly kills the innocent albatross, it is a catalyst for all the events that occur. He is made to wear the dead bird around his neck symbolizing this burden that he has to carry around to atone for his sins he committed. But when they pass Life-and-Death, he is allowed to live. In this he understands and comes to the realization that nature is beautiful and the albatross falls from his neck.
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