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Rime of the Ancient Mariner Storyboard
Transcript of Rime of the Ancient Mariner Storyboard
Slide One: The guest demands to be released from The Mariner's grip.
"'Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!'/Eftsoons his hand dropt he." (11-12)
Slide Five: Two hundred mariners on board The Mariner's ship dropped dead due to encountering the Death Ship.
After dealing with lack of water on board his ship, The Mariner's ship comes across another with a deathly looking woman. She whistled three times and two hundred men drop dead. Not one spoke a word or even breathed as they dropped- most likely dead before they hit the deck. The Mariner felt their souls leave their bodies and pass him by, feeling like the "whizz" of his crossbow passing him by.
Slide Eight: The Mariner's ship silently sails on despite having no breeze.
" But ere my living life returned,/I heard and in my soul discerned/Two VOICES in the air. (359-361)
Slide Nine: The Mariner encounters the two different voices as the ship sails itself without wind in the sails.
The ship lurches and The Mariner falls to the deck for an undeclared amount of time. But when he bounced back to consciousness he heard voices in the air. All the dead sailors are still silent as they work the bells and whistles that make up sailing a ship, so The Mariner has absolutely no clue what could be speaking to him.
Slide Ten: The Wedding Guest takes The Mariner's tale and the life lesson he learned from it and goes on with his life.
"He went like one that hath been stunned,/And is of sense forlorn:/A sadder and a wiser man,/He rose the morrow morn.(622-625)
Slide Six: The Albatross falls from The Mariner's neck.
The self same moment I could pray;/And from my neck so free/The Albatross fell off, and sank/Like lead into the sea.(284-288
"They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose,/Nor spake, nor moved their eyes;/It had been strange, even in a dream,/To have seen those dead men rise."(319-322)
Slide Seven: The Mariner watches the bodies of his men rise.
Slide Three: The Albatross flies toward the ship through the fog.
"At length did cross an Albatross:/Thorough the fog it came;" (61-62)
Slide Four: The crew was sad over The Mariner killing the Albatross.
"'Twas sad as sad could be;/And we did speak only to break/The silence of the sea!"(102-104)
Slide Two: The Guest sits down to hear The Mainer's tale.
"The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:/He cannot chuse but hear;"(17-18)
26 September 2014
AP English Literature and Composition
The poem itself takes place at a joyful occasion - wedding! Everything seems so bright and cheerful, with the bride and groom around and plenty of guests in attendance to bask in the joyful event. The Mariner stops a guest from a group of three guests by grabbing his hand. The gust asks why he was stopped and when The Mariner starts to tell his story, the guest demands that The Mariner unhand him and The Mariner complies with the request.
The Mariner's "glittering eye" is enough to hold the guest's interest despite being him upset for being grabbed in such a manner. He takes a seat on a nearby stone and obeys The Mariner's request to just listen- and does so like a child being told a fairy tale as The Mariner begins his tale.
The ship was sailing through a strong storm, sailing between chunks of ice that were as tall as the ship's mast. Through the mist, snow, and cold air, the ship continued on and managed not to collide with the tall green chunks of ice all around it. The Albatross flew through the fog towards the ship, eating food and returning every day to the sound of the call of the mariners on board the ship until The Mariner shot the Albatross with his crossbow.
The albatross would play with the mariners on board the ship, despite bringing the fog. When The Mariner killed the albatross, the breeze picked up and the fog dispersed, but the mariners weren't in high spirits and The Mariner knew that would happen before he killed the bird. So The Mariner and the others only spoke to one another because the sea was too silent.
Four times fifty living men,/(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)/With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,/They dropped down one by one.(211-214)
For having two hundred dead bodies on his deck, The Mariner tells the guest that they didn't smell. Their flesh did not rot as the souls continued to pass by him. Each soul bore the same look upon him, and he saw it even with his eyes shut tight. The Mariner's soul was in agnony as this happened, but no saint took pity. He prayed to the Heavens and it was then that the Albatross fell from his neck and into the sea.
Though their souls left their bodies limp on the deck because of the Death Ship, The Mariner tells the guest that he watched their bodies rise. Not only did they rise, but they went back to their positions on the ship to carry out their duties. There was no breeze pushing the ship, but they sailed on.
Till noon we quietly sailed on,/Yet never a breeze did breathe:/Slowly and smoothly went the ship,/Moved onward from beneath. (337-340)
It wasn't expected for a bunch of dead bodies to converse with The Mariner while they sailed along, which is why it wasn't surprising that they sailed silently. However, before they started sailing the bodies gathered around the ship's mast ans sang some light tune that muted the Heavens and put some nonexistent wind in the sails.
The wedding guest didn't want to hear The Mariner's tale in the beginning, but he sat and listened anyway. He took a life lesson from The Mariner's tale- learning to love and appreciate all things made by God for you don't know what could happen to you.