Respond to the following prompt: In your opinion, is the Ancient Mariner's punishment for killing the Albatross fair? Whose fate is worse, the Ancient Mariner's or the sailors'? Why? Use textual evidence to support your response.

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As the question indicates, the answer is up to your subjective opinion. There isn't an answer that is more correct than another answer. The key to your answer is going to be how well you explain your reasons.

My personal opinion is that the sailors suffer a far worse fate than the mariner. The mariner makes a huge mistake by shooting and killing the albatross.

With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.
Due to his error in judgment, all kinds of horror are heaped upon...

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