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How is the story told in part 3 of the Ancient Mariner

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How is the story told in Part 3 of the Ancient Mariner? The action at in the opening of part 3 is very slow. ?There passed a weary time.? The crew are tired of being stranded in an unknown part of the sea. They are both physically and emotionally exhausted and the description of ?glazed eye? is a direct contrast to the earlier description of the ?glittering eye?. They are truly suffering ?parched? from thirst stranded without supplies. The first stanza addresses the characters and the hardship that they are going through. These are very good language devices as the adjectives are used to describe the Mariners monotonous and tedious existence. ...read more.

Middle

The change happens when the mariner spies ?a something in the sky.? This statement of uncertainty of what is approaching them helps the story to move on, as it creates an interesting development in the story and it leads on to the next stanzas in which there is a lot of movement which are a direct contrast to the first stanza. In the second stanza Coleridge reverts from the characters and describes the distant setting. The next two stanzas are more upbeat than the previous one. This is because of the use of progressive listing, ?it seemed at first a little speck?and then it seemed a mist?? As the object moves closer, anticipation grows and the object becomes clearer. ...read more.

Conclusion

As the ship moved closer, the sailors realized it was a ship, but no one could cry out because their throats were dry and their lips badly sunburned. The Ancient Mariner bit his own arm and sipped the blood so that he could wet his mouth enough to cry out: "A sail! A sail!" The repetition of ?With throats unslaked, with black lips baked?? shows the unquenchable thirst of the Mariner and helps to explain his otherwise seemingly drastic action of drinking his own blood in order to cry out for the ship. With a unanimous cry they shout ?Gramercy? which means thank heavens, this shows that they truly believe the approaching ship is coming to rescue them, and despite the hints of its unnatural powers they are so desperate that they cannot see their true fate until it is too late. ...read more.

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