The Mariner Fog

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Just after the start of the text, Coleridge pulls you in by stating that the Mariner, “...holds him with his glittering eye.” (Coleridge, 3, pt I) The Mariner begins to tell his story of what happened to them at sea. One of the things that happened was the Albatross came through the fog, “As if it had been a Christian soul.” (Coleridge, 64, pt I). The Albatross sometimes followed the ship, sometimes it wanted food, or wanted to play. When he mentions things like, “ And through the drifts the snowy cliffs.”, “The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around;” , and “Through the fog it came;” (Coleridge, 55,59-60,64, pt I), he’s talking about the nature aspect of the story. The fog is talking about the journey that they are fixing…show more content…
Going back to the Albatross, the Mariner gets a message, “ ‘God save thee, ancient Mariner! From the fiend,that plague thee thus!-- ... With my crossbow I shot the ALBATROSS.’ “ (Coleridge, 79-82, pt I) At that moment the Mariner made a decision that affects everyone on the ship. When the Mariner shot the Albatross he killed nature. So, the effects of his actions are yet to be felt. In part II of the story it starts out, “The Sun now rose upon the right…”, it’s continuing the theme of nature. This now begins the rollout of the effects of the Mariners decision. The men are now fighting amongst themselves questioning whether the Albatross was good or bad, “For all averred, I had killed the bird that made the breeze to blow.” (Coleridge, 93-94, pt II). They were the ones that believed the Albatross was good, and the others, “Ah wretch! Said they, the bird to slay, that made the breeze to blow!” (Coleridge, 95-96, pt II). When the bird was shot the affects of the choice was not immediately felt, because the ship kept sailing even though the bird was dead. “And the good south wind still blew behind, but now sweet bird did follow,...” (Coleridge,…show more content…
I fear thy skinny hand! And thou art long, and lank, and brown, As is the ribbed sea sand.” (Coleridge, 124-127, pt IV). The Mariner assures him that his is not a dead person. The Mariner then goes on to say that, ”The Many men, so beautiful! And they all dead did lie:...” (Coleridge, 236-237, pt IV) In that beginning sentence he now begins to realize that totality of his mistakes. He is taking in all of what is happening, and is putting together to say in the rest of the sentence, “And a thousand thousand slimy things lived on; and so did I.” (Coleridge, 238-239, pt IV.) “I looked upon the rotting sea, and drew my eyes away… and there the dead men lay.” (Coleridge, 240-243, pt IV) Things are deteriorating onboard the ship, still the Mariner is facing his decision. The author uses the word rotting to symbolize the rottenness of the choice that was made, and the effects that are brought about. The Mariner continues to think about what is happening, and then he says, “O happy, living things! No tongue their beauty might declare: A spring of love gushed from my heart, and I blessed them unaware:...” (Coleridge, 282-285, pt IV) What that shows is that he is trying to fix rationalize what is happening. He then see the true beauty of what he took for granted. After that happened this happened the, “...Albatross fell off…”
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