Friday, December 24, 2010

Gustav Dore's Illustrations for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Mariner stops the Wedding guest.

The wedding guest hears the Mariner begin his tale.

The bride and groom arrived for the wedding banquet.
The ship is caught in the ice at the South pole, when the Albatross of good omen arrives.
The Mariner's isolation after killing the Albatross.

The ghost ship carrying Death and his mate, Life in Death. The two play a game for possession of the sailors' lives. Death wins the shipmate but Life in Death wins the Mariner.

With everyone around him dead, he remains alive with the Albatross hung around his neck as a symbol of guilt.
The Mariner see the creature around him and blesses them unaware. This act of love causes the Albatross to drop from his neck, and angelic spirit approach to begin his redemption.
His on going penance; he must live the rest of his life telling people about his story.

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