The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Why does the Mariner stop that particular wedding guest? Of the one in three why was he selected?

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The answer as to why exactly the Mariner chooses that particular wedding guest is not given; however, readers do get a little bit of insight into why the Mariner has to tell the story at all. Near the very end of the poem, readers are told that the Mariner is essentially gripped by some kind of feeling or supernatural force that requires him to tell his gruesome tale. The Mariner feels physically ill until he tells his story, and after completing his tale, he feels better. There is no consistent rhyme or reason why he has to tell his tale when he does, but he is overwhelmed by the need to tell it in order to feel better.

"Since then, at an uncertain hour,

That agony returns:

And till my...

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