The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Why is the Wedding Guest a sadder and wiser man after hearing the Mariner's story in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"? I need three points that are well detailed. It's a Christian that will be...

Why is the Wedding Guest a sadder and wiser man after hearing the Mariner's story in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"? I need three points that are well detailed. It's a Christian that will be grading it.

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The Wedding Guest is sadder as a result of having heard a sorrowful story of the suffering that befell the Mariner and the other sailors because the Mariner killed an innocent and helpful albatross. For instance, the Mariner and the other men, as a punishment, become stuck out at sea without any wind or rain and become very thirsty. As the Mariner describes it, there was:

Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
Worse, when the men think they see a passing ship, they find it is death ship that takes the lives of many of the Mariner's comrades:
Four times fifty living men,
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
They dropped down one by one.
This is a sad story, but the Wedding Guest grows wiser as the Mariner relates to him the simple but profound religious revelation he has experienced. Through the Mariner, the Guest realizes it is a sin to wantonly destroy any part of God's creation. The Mariner has repented whole-heartedly of having killed the albatross....

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