explain the christian concept of sin, repentance, punishment, and redemption using various highlights in the poem "the rime of ancient mariner".

poonamvalera | Student

Human beings should respect all of God’s creation and all of His creatures, including the albatross and even sea snakes. In doing so, people indicate their respect for the Creator Himself. In his parting words to the wedding guest, the narrator says,

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell 
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest! 
He prayeth well, who loveth well 
Both man and bird and beast


poonamvalera | Student

The mariner undergoes terrifying experiences as he confronts supernatural wonders, in particular the female figure known as Life-in-Death. When the mariner sees her rolling dice with death, he says,

We listen'd and look'd sideways up! 
Fear at my heart, as at a cup, 
My life-blood seem'd to sip! (lines 204-206)

The mariner even frightens the wedding guest when he tells him that all the crewmen fell dead one by one. The wedding guest says,

"I fear thee, ancient Mariner!
I fear thy skinny hand!
And thou art long, and lank, and brown,
As is the ribbed sea-sand. (lines 225-228)

Coleridge plainly makes the point that beyond the boundaries of the known world are many strange and fearful sights that explorers will encounter.


poonamvalera | Student

.......Man is a sinful creature, but redemption awaits him if he repents his wrongdoing and performs penance. This theme manifests itself as follows: After the ancient mariner commits a sin by killing the albatross, guilt hounds him in the form of strange natural and supernatural phenomena. During one terrifying experience, he has a change of heart and repents his wrongdoing. After confessing to the Hermit, he carries out a penance, which is to travel the world to tell his tale to strangers.

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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