The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Does The Rime of The Ancient Mariner thematically promote the value of reason, despite having supernatural situations?

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This is an interesting question, for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is clearly a supernatural tale that ends with a lesson about God's love.

Nevertheless, I would say that a strong thematic element of the poem is the value of reason. For example, the mariner is clear that he kills the albatross—the act that starts all the trouble—for no good reason. It was an impulsive, thoughtless, irrational act. Thinking through his actions before he acted—using...

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