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What does the hanging of the albatross around the Mariner’s neck symbolise? Why did he have evil looks from ‘old and young’?

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The ballad ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is a tale of sin and repentance. The killing of the innocent and auspicious albatross was really a terrible act. Such an act naturally brought deep despair and woe to the old Mariner. The curse tormented him constantly. Instead of the holy cross it was the albatross that was keeping hanging around his neck.

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