What narrative techniques are used in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?"

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge uses several narrative techniques. The first technique readers are likely to notice is the frame story Coleridge employs as the mariner stops a wedding guest and begins to tell his story. The mariner is compelled to tell his story as penance for his sin of killing the albatross, and he is relieved temporarily of his all-consuming guilt by relating his story to others.

In addition, the mariner’s story is told in chronological order, which is typical of narrative. The mariner’s story also contains vivid description, a technique often found in narrative writing, particularly in the stanzas that follow the killing of the albatross. The story itself contains dramatic tension, and later resolution, as depicted in the archetypal dramatic arc. The mariner’s story, for example, reaches its climax when the mariner shoots the albatross with his crossbow. From this action, the narrative moves to its ultimate resolution with the mariner’s...

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