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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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