The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Explain the sin and redemption in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

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"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is, to a large extent, an allegory of sin and redemption. At the time he wrote the poem, Coleridge was becoming ever more convinced of the truth of orthodox Christian beliefs and saw Christianity as encapsulating a universal wisdom that could provide certainty in a world beset by chronic instability. Under the influence of St. Augustine, Coleridge also came to believe in the truth of original sin, that man is born into a fallen state, a state of sin that he has inherited from mankind's first ancestors: Adam and Eve. But as there is sin, so too must there be an opportunity for redemption. More than anything else, Christianity, especially as Coleridge understood it, is a creed of hope and renewal, of salvation and redemption, and in the figure of the Mariner, we see a regeneration of the individual sinner.

In shooting the albatross, the Mariner shows contempt for God’s creation, setting his own will against that of the Almighty. The unfortunate bird has...

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