The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Why does the mariner compare himself to the snakes in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

Why does the mariner compare himself to the snakes in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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The mariner compares himself to the snakes because until he is able to bless the snakes "unaware" he has no appreciation for their beauty.  Before, he looked as them as "slimy things" and did not recognize that he, too, is a slimy thing for taking the life of the beautiful and innocent albatross.  After he describes the snakes as beautiful and full of lovely color--blessing them unaware--the albatross falls off and the mariner, too, is blessed.  For eternity, he is destined to protect "all creatures great and small" because "the Lord God made them...

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