The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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In what ways does the albatross's arrival seem to affect the trips voyage?

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This part of the poem is about respect. It is also about ignorance. The colours and atmosphere are important too, in the poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge . The colours evoked by fog, mist and sea haze, and also the colour of the albatross are pale whites and creams. This makes the albatross seem innocent, pure and trusting and it's shape must have also appered as a cross (similar to the Christian symbol of goodness - the crucifix.) So, the ancient mariner murdered a trusting innocent being - and what is worse - he has no...

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