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What lesson does the Mariner learn from his experiences in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

From his experiences, the Mariner in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" learns the lesson of loving and respecting God and all of his creations.

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As his story begins, the Mariner's ship enters icy waters. There, he unthinkingly shoots the innocent and helpful Albatross with his cross-bow, killing it. The mariner does this because he can. He doesn't value the Albatross, think about God, or regard the bird as a creature formed by God.

As a result, the Mariner and the rest of the crew are punished harshly for this transgression. However, in the midst of his suffering, the Mariner glimpses the beautiful motion and color of water snakes. They seem to shine as they coil and swim, flashing colors such as blue and green. The Mariner recalls that:

A spring of love gushed from my heart,
And I blessed them unaware
Because of this spontaneous overflow of emotion, the Mariner is freed to pray. The dead Albatross falls from around his neck and into the sea. The Mariner is finally able to sleep. When he awakens, it rains, and he and the crew can finally drink. Finally, too, after being stranded so long, the ship is blown back on course by the...

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