What is the theme of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?
Sin and repentance are the central themes of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." The Mariner commits a terrible sin when he kills the albatross, one of God's beloved creatures. He spends the rest of his life trying to atone for his sin through his suffering and humility. He devotes his life to warning people about the dangers of sin, using his own life as a cautionary tale.
When he carelessly kills the albatross, the Mariner sins against God and nature. He sins against nature because God loves all of creation, not just humankind. The poem states:
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
The theme or underlying meaning of the poem, therefore, is to show how one gets out from under a sin against God. The poem shows that this happens through the redemptive power of the imagination, an important Romantic...
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- The central theme of ' The Rime of the Ancient Mariner ' revolves around the mariner who is now old. He narrates his story of committing a sin of killing a holy bird albatross. He hypnotizes one of the three wedding guest and narrates his whole story that how he and his other crew members sailed with the cheers of people but how just because of an unfavorable wind they blew in the wrong direction, how the holy bird came as a blessing for them and he shot the bird dead one day. Now when he is guilty after killing the bird he took a resolve to tell his story of committing this sin to the world. He wants to tell and warn everyone that they should never do such mistake in their life.