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EXPLANATION WITH RTC - THE ANCIENT MARINER BY COLERIDGE
(a) An orphan's curse .......... I could not die.
REFERENCE (i) Poem: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (ii) Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge CONTEXT (i) Occurrence: Part IV (Lines 258 - 263) (ii) Content: As Above EXPLANATION
In these lines the poet says that the curse of a murdered man is worse than the curse of an orphan. A curse is an appeal to a supernatural power or prayer for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something. An orphan, being a child deprived of one or both parents, is very dear to God. Any maltreatment or cruelty to this child may result into a curse. This curse is very powerful. It can drag even a blessed spirit from heaven to hell. However, the curse of a murdered man is more horrible than that of an orphan's. All members of the Mariner's crew except for the Mariner himself die for briefly condoning the shooting of the albatross. The eyes of the dead sailors are fixed on the Mariner with blame. The Mariner saw the curse in their eyes for seven days and nights but he could not die. No doubt, the Mariner has begun to understand and accept his responsibility for their deaths. In short, an orphan's curse can cause death but the curse of a murdered one can cause life-in-death.