illustration of the Ancient Mariner in the ocean with an albatross tied around his neck

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Is the Mariner an active participant in his fate? Could he have stopped himself from being punished?

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The Mariners impulsive and destructive act in the start of the text is his undoing. The Mariner will discover the consequences of his actions. The simple action of the plot, initiated by the mariner's unthinking, destructive act, leads to his tribulations and consequent process of becoming mature.

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