The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Assess the significance of the wedding guest rising as "a sadder and a wiser man."

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The original question had to be edited down.  In many ways, the significance of the wedding guest being impacted by the mariner's story demonstrates the relevance of the narrative.  The mariner's purpose is to explain the story of his condemnation and his redemption.  If this narrative does not effectively impact the listener, then the story's purpose is lost.  It is evident that the wedding- guest has been impacted by the nature of the story.  In a Romantic twist, the wedding guest is "sadder"...

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