11. a) In which direction did the ship start moving? How can you say?
Answer-The ship was moving from South to North.
This can be affirmed when we are acquainted by the poet that sun rose from the right and went down left into the sea. This is possible only when somebody moves from south to north.
b) Why does the mariner say that no sweet bird did follow?
Answer-As the mariner killed the albatross bird there were no other bird following the ship or the mariners. The albatross is defined to be a bird with difference only which followed the ship and the mariner and others not.
c) How did the other mariners behave towards the Ancient Mariner at first? How many times did they change their mind about the ancient Mariner? What does this tell us about their character?
Answer-i) At first the other mariners considered the mariner to be the culprit and criminal as he killed the albatross which was bringing the breeze to move the ship.
ii) The mariner did change twice of their opinion
iii) As the mariners are whimsical, they had brought forth changes in their opinion for several times this shows that they are mere the puppets of situation and consequences. They did not have their own opinion and tend to be superstitious.
d) How did the sailing conditions change after the ship had moved out of the land of mist and snow? What or who did the mariners blame for this change?
Answer-After the mariners moved from the land of mist and snow, they started to feel a change in the weather condition. Slowly the sun started to shine and the breeze stopped to blow leaving the ship in a motionless state. They were suffering from utter dearth of water and positivity. They had all supernatural happenings after they had a change in weather.
All other mariners who are rather capricious blamed the mariner to be, responsible for all the happenings.
e) What indicated by the line “The bloody sun at noon/right up above the mast did stand/no bigger than the moo?
Answer-The line strongly affirms that the ship and the mariners had been near the equator. The blood like red sun was above the mast at noon. The poet states Moon to be bigger than the Sun forcing on the scientific logic of far and near vision. The line strongly hints at their arrival at the extreme weather situation.
f) How does the mariner describe the fact that they were completely motionless in the middle of the sea?
Answer-A vivid delineation is made by the writer to make us understand about the motionless and silent state of the ship and the sea. He compares the motionless state with a painting where ,as if the ship has been painted on a painted sea.
g) What is the irony in the ninth stanza? Explain it.
Answer-A stupendous example of irony we got to behold where the poet conveyed that under extreme weather situation the mariners did not have a single drop of water to drink in spite of the fact that unfathomable amount of water they had everywhere. The irony of the lacuna of water is the most befitting one.
h) What is the narrator trying to convey through the description of the situation in the tenth and the eleventh stanza?
Answer-The poet conveyed an atmosphere which required a rational mind to grasp because of the rotten state of the underwater vegetation, there had been slimy creatures moving on the surface of water. Either the element of phosphorous in the physic of the creatures gave birth to different types of glowing lights or the creation of the methane gas coming in contact with the oxygen gave birth to glowing light. The superstitious mariners considered this to be the effect of the spirit of the albatross. This atmosphere added to the effect of blaming on the mariner for killing the albatross.
i) What or who did the mariners feel was responsible for their suffering?
Answers-The capricious mariners devoid of rational thinking and scientific knowledge blamed the mariner to be responsible for all the misfortunes.
j) Describe the condition of the mariners as expressed in the 13th stanza.
Answer-Apart from the fear of the curse of the spirit, the dire some thirsty situation is delineated in the 13th Stanza. Their tongue in the mouth got dried up at the root and the throat was so dry as if that was chocked with soot. All the mariners had been at the verge of death due to dehydration.
k) Why did the mariners hang the albatross around the neck of the ancient mariner?
Answer-Having suffered series of misfortunes all the mariners came to the conclusion that the other mariner was solely responsible for this. As a form of punishment and insult they had hung the dead albatross around the mariners neck instead of the cross of the Christ.
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