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Can traditional elements of crime writing be applied to "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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Before we find an answer to this question, let's look at what traditional elements of crime writing are. First of all, the term "crime writing" encompasses a wide range of story possibilities. These include cozy crimes, which usually have a friendly protagonist and focus more on the intellectual solving of crimes; hard-boiled detective thrillers, which have hardened detectives with dubious backgrounds and a substantial amount of violence; courtroom dramas, which highlight court procedures to ascertain the guilt or innocence of suspects; capers, which are usually told from the criminal's point of view; and police procedurals, which focus on the investigation of police officers to solve crimes. There are other subcategories within these broad main types.

Most or all of these types of crime writing have several important elements in common. First, they must have a crime, often a murder, which initially seems unsolvable. Sometimes, though, the crime is solved in the beginning and the plot...

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