The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Why does the Mariner shoot the albatross?

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At first, the sailors believed that the albatross was good luck and had brought them the strong winds they needed to break free of the ice..... the mariner shot the albatross for no good reason, other than the wind had died down and slowed their progress.


Rime of the Ancient Mariner