In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," why is the wedding guest a sadder and wiser man after hearing the mariners story?

Expert Answers
jseligmann eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On a very simplistic level, the wedding guest is sadder because he has missed the wedding. He has been held by the Ancient Mariner's "skinny hand" and "his glittering eye," and "he cannot choose but hear." And so he misses the wedding and the party.

But far deeper than this loss, the wedding guest has heard a tale of suffering and death. An albatross was shot, the Mariner who shot the bird and all his fellow crewmen were made to suffer and die for his careless, unthinking act of violence. Only the Ancient Mariner survived to pass on the tale.

And the wedding guest, in the end, is also wiser because he has been given a vital life lesson that the Mariner had to learn the hard way: Do not kill; respect all life, even the seemingly most useless and repulsive forms. He learned:

He prayeth well, who loveth well

Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best

All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

He made and loveth all.'

Wise words for all to heed, and worth missing a passing celebration for.

catherinemichel | Student

The wedding ceremony in mosques speak up, we will prepare all kinds of sugar food neatly down on the table and to attend a ceremony of YiXie county leadership, relatives, and township guy nearly 40 people. Ceremony in under the chairmanship of the MaChuanLong imam, first he praised Allah contributed to this a good marriage, then respectively for the bride and groom opinions are willing to make couples.

Read the study guide:
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question