The Mariner's Penance

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 1798 along with three other pieces of work to create his famous Lyrical Ballads with William Wordsworth. The ancient Mariner is an old man whom has suffered a great tragedy, but managed to survive. The tragedy being he watched 200 of his companions die right before his eyes and then come back again. This is when he was cursed, the ancient Mariner was cursed for shooting an albatross. That is the point that everything turned for the worst for the ancient Mariner. In Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner the Mariner must deal with his penance, a young man is stunned and becomes wiser, but sadder, and there is a lesson to learn from the entire story.
In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner the old man penance is to travel around land to land telling his story to any young person who would listen. Seeing how the Mariner was the only one spared by a tragedy he still has to pay for his sin. To repay his sin he must travel all around the world and tell a young person his story, as stated here “Sinc...

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