Day 3

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why is the Wedding Guest suddenly afraid of the Mariner?

    The Mariner believes it is because he is afraid that the Mariner is undead, or a ghost of some kind. The Wedding Guest does not specifically say why he is afraid, so it could easily be something less specific. The Mariner's story is pretty horrific, and perhaps difficult for the Wedding Guest to believe. Ask: if you were to encounter someone who told such a gory supernatural tale, and insisted it was true and had happened to them, would you be frightened?

  2. 2

    Why does the Mariner have a sudden change in his perception of the water-snakes?

    This is a very significant part of the poem. The Mariner...

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