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In this essay I will be examining some of the symbols in Samuel Taylor Coleridges poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Symbols were very important in this poem Without the symbols The Rime of the Ancient Mariner would be simply a poem about an old mariner who is telling a story about killing a bird to a guest at a wedding Of course anyone who reads the poem can see that there is more to it than just a simple telling of a story The first symbol in the poem is the wedding that the guest and the Mariner are at This is a highly significant detail because Coleridge could have made the story telling take place at any setting but he chose a wedding Why A wedding is a very religious very happy occasion Weddings in and of themselves symbolize new beginnings and happiness The reason that Coleridge decided to have this horrid tale told at a wedding could be for any number of reasons I feel that the setting was chosen because of the new beginnings implied As the Mariner tells his tale the guest is held captive and when the story is done the guest becomes essentially a new man and goes off to live the rest of his life Had the tale taken place at a funeral the heavy feeling of ending would have destroyed the symbolism of new beginnings Ending of life of happiness of everything If this had happened then the fact that he rose the next day would not have been as significant Therefore the wedding is a very important symbol throughout the poem The albatross is another significant symbol throughout the poem It first appears in the first section of the poem and it is a symbol of good omen for the sailors The albatross is a white bird which is probably the reason why many Christians of the time saw it as a
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