• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The albatross is described to be "a Christian soul" and it was acclaimed at great lengths: "We hailed it in God's name." The mariner and the crew are extremely delighted to see something alive amidst the escalating ice

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Crime and Punishment The albatross "At length did cross an Albatross." Against the darkening grey fog, the bird glided across in pure white. It stood out in contrast. It was made to be something celestial. Destined to come, it was able to proceed through fog that would have usually delayed the travels of any creature. Despite unideal conditions it proceeded through an unclear phase of mist. The bird was a "Christian soul" as they "hailed it in God's name." It was a messenger of God, a disciple and follower of Christianity. Being an omen of good luck, it heightened our spirits and eradicateed all our doubts. The majesty of the albatross is seen during day as it flies and follows. While at night it shimmers a white glow, a genuine coat of radiance. Despite its grandeur and beauty, its time was certain to come. Just as it had been destined to come, it had been destined to go. With one random, unmotivated action, the bolt of a cross-bow whizzed into the albatross sending it into eternal sleep. It was no other than the mariner himself who had shot the albatross. What about this description would make its killing akin to murder? To sacrilege. The albatross is described to be "a Christian soul" and it was acclaimed at great lengths: "We hailed it in God's name." ...read more.

Middle

Although Life-in-Death wins and is given the fate of the mariner, the whole circumstance is a win-win situation, and Death is able to keep the lives of the mariner's crewmates. Their punishment is extremely ideal in relation to the mariner's punishment, and this is conveyed through Coleridge's tone of voice. The death of the sailors is described to allow the reader to envisage souls and spirits flying away from their bodies. Coleridge literally states that "they fled." Fled has connotations of a motivated escape, a drastic action for drastic circumstances. It accurately intensifies the haste at which the spirits fly away and it makes the world appear to be a nightmare from which they are escaping. Although the mariner continues to live, his punishment is in some ways more terrible. Why? Death in many ways would seem to be the ultimate punishment in any man's case. This is because of the fact that death deprives you of your existence in this world physically and spiritually. People would not want to leave this world, which ultimately is ideal to reside in. Conversely a punishment of death would have been more ideal for the mariner, as living with the guilt would have been much worse: "And yet I [the mariner] could not die." The mariner continues to exist but is essentially cut off from the very source of life in many ways. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ultimately he is condemned to wander the world and is forced to re-live his crime by telling it to other men as a grave warning. The mariner denied his own imagination in the past when he failed to appreciate the feelings of the albatross. He is forced to tell his tale to the people who are trapped in a narrow materialistic world, just as he unwillingly narrated his tale to the wedding guest. The mariner was forced to introduce the importance of imagination to the guest, who in contrast was bound by wine, women and song. When Coleridge visualises the imagination, it is seen to gush out like a spring or a flood. It is a natural power, as imagination is all about creativity and images of nature. The mariner attempted to dam up the imagination, a very eloquent and powerful force. It is this same force that takes revenge on the mariner through his ultimate punishment. The creative force of imagination bursts out at its own will and takes dominance over the mariner. When this force bursts out, it literally hypnotises anyone who is in hearing range of this "strange power of speech." It is this imagination that made the wedding guest "listen like a three years' child." The imagination bursts out with renewed power and takes revenge on the mariner. It punishes the mariner for ignoring it and it temporarily becomes destructive itself. Word Count: 1984 ?? ?? ?? ?? Arkesh Patel 4C1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Capital Punishment section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Capital Punishment essays

  1. The Impact of the Black Death on the Christian Faith

    and God. It was a majority of the people who were convinced that the Black Death was most definitely the work of God, raining punishment down upon them. In September of the year 1348, His Holiness Pope Peter V (1340-1348)

  2. Analytical Essay - Jack London, Call of the Wild - Choose three dogs, other ...

    Dave showed excessive care for Buck above the other huskies. He never nipped Buck without cause. The concern that Dave demonstrated towards Buck, assisted Buck in achieving a higher standard in his work, eventually as leader. Curly, a sweet Newfoundland dog, one of Buck's first companions after he has been kidnapped.

  1. Speed Kills.

    And the more people in a car driven by a teenager, the higher the risk of a fatal accident, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers said: "A survey of 192 high school drivers reported that dangerous driving behaviour, driving after drinking

  2. The Nature of Evil

    He then goes on to 'how the youthful harlot's curse blasts the new-born infant's tear.' This use of imagery draws the reader's attention to the need for young mothers to resort to prostitution in order to support their families. When a crime has been committed, we decide on an appropriate

  1. Role of Fate

    The comment by the narrator in 'The Chronicles of a Death Foretold' "the cock of dawn would catch us trying to give order to the chain of many chance events that had made absurdity possible, and it was obvious that we weren't doing it from an urge to clear up

  2. What is a human being?

    * When personhood begins an abortion should not be allowed. Once personhood begins, terminating a baby is a form of murder. Most believe that it can only be justified if it will save the life of the mother, to prevent permanent disability, to prevent serious injury or if the mother conceived because of rape.

  1. The Debate over the merits of capital punishment has endured for years, and continues ...

    But isn\'t locking up a human being behind steel bars for many years, vengeance itself? And is it \"humane\" that an individual who took the life of another, should receive heating, clothing, indoor plumbing, 3 meals a day, while a homeless person who has harmed no one receives nothing?

  2. A Technical Killing: Inspector Guttridge's Report.

    * William Jones was the last person who admits seeing Simon alive. * One of the items due to be put on display was mysteriously placed on the display unit while Ms. Alison Beattie, a friend of the victim's, claimed she had left her display item on the trolley from the stockroom.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work