The albatross in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"Why do you think that the bird relates to the mariners? What does this question mean and what do you think the answer might be?

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not 100% sure what you're asking here, but I think you're asking, "How does the bird relate to the mariners"?  If so, the bird is symbolic of nature, which the mariner had no respect for when he shot it for no good reason.  Also, the albatross is seen as a good omen for mariners, so when he shot it, the other mariners were angry with him because they felt that killing the albatross would bring them bad luck, and it did! They all died except for the mariner who had shot the albatross.  Luckily, he realizes that he should have had a greater respect for the albatross (and for nature in general) and he repents and is "saved" from death.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think #2 is correct in pointing towards what the albatross symbolises. Clearly the message of the poem is all about treating nature with disrespect and what can happen as a result. The albatross, both as a symbol of good luck and as a symbol of nature itself, is killed on a whim by the Mariner, and it is this act that ushers in what follows and makes necessary a large expiation.

admc | Student

I'm not 100% sure what you're asking here, but I think you're asking, "How does the bird relate to the mariners"?  If so, the bird is symbolic of nature, which the mariner had no respect for when he shot it for no good reason.  Also, the albatross is seen as a good omen for mariners, so when he shot it, the other mariners were angry with him because they felt that killing the albatross would bring them bad luck, and it did! They all died except for the mariner who had shot the albatross.  Luckily, he realizes that he should have had a greater respect for the albatross (and for nature in general) and he repents and is "saved" from death.

thank you very much you helped me tremendously...... God bless you

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