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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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What context and critics prove that the game of dice is the most terrifying aspect of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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A game of dice is a game of chance. No skill is required, just luck. When the two are dicing for the sailor's souls, it makes the meaning of life meaningless. No one is saved because of their good deeds or good nature. An evil person can have the same...

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A game of dice is a game of chance. No skill is required, just luck. When the two are dicing for the sailor's souls, it makes the meaning of life meaningless. No one is saved because of their good deeds or good nature. An evil person can have the same fate as a good one because it is all up to chance. Most religions teach that goodness will be rewarded in the after life. Coleridge proposes that thereis no judgement for an all-seeing creator, just a toss of the dice and eternity is determined. This concept goes against all organized religions and would alienate or depress any religious person while bolstering any atheist.

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