why did he shoot the bird at first even if the sailors said kill bird at first and are blaming it all on him also he had a choice if he wanted to shoot the bird since he was the captain of the ship. :D
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On the surface of things, the Mariner kills the albatross because he blamed the lack of wind on the bird. The men were petty, as illustrated through their reactions. When the wind blew, it was all "good albatross", but when the wind stopped, it was all "damn albatross". It is human nature to blame something when things don't go our way.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner