Paper: A Discussion on the Power of Nature

Ata spiritual level, Nature's power can decide if we will live, or be condemned. Nature is capable of presenting “innermost suffering" (Coburn 33) upon people. The mariner's suffering included having his “soul in agony" soon afterwards. After attempts at prayer and realization of what he has done - "I looked to heaven and tried to pray", his penance to forgiveness begins spiritually. The mariner releases the weight of the crime greatly at the “moment he could pray". “The albatross around the mariner's neck was an emblem of an inner state" (Fraser 204), as it “fell off and sank", the mariner was forgiven. Guilt follows many of us throughout our lives today as we do brash things and taunt with Nature. Yet with these brash things we do, Nature continues to forgive us. At an emotional level, our emotions are important factors for pennance from Nature. The mariner took for granted the love Nature had for him. All around his ship, he witnessed “slimy things did crawl with legs upon the slimy sea" and he questioned “the curse in the Dead man's eyes". This shows his contempt for the creatures that Nature provides for all of us. The mariner begins to find his salvation when he "begins to look on the ‘slimy things’ as creatures of strange beauty" (Coburn 34). The mariner's experience represents a "renewal of the impulse of love towards other living things." (Fraser 206). Even Today, many people look upon Nature in a similar way as that of the Mariner, not loving it. But Nature always forgives those people. Nature is a powerful element. Using it's physical, spiritual and emotional leveled powers, it can help teach us to focus on life and love. Today, nature is present all around us as living animals. These animals, when taken care of properly, return the care as love and help each of us to live long lives because of it. Love is an important aspect in human life, without it we can die lonely. With love, we die with all that is around us....