Pilgrims Progress Essay

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a story about an Ancient Mariner who attends a wedding and decides to tell a guest his experience of going out to sea. at first the guest obliges, but then he becomes apprehensive of the mysterious Mariner when the seaman related to him how he had escaped death while the rest of his screw was killed. After the Mariner finishes recalling his experience to the wedding guest, the wedding guest leaves a sadder and wiser man. The wedding guest reacted this way, because he realized the sacredness of life, the consequences of the Mariner`s actions, and the presence of God.
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The Ancient Mariner lived with the constant reminder of his sin, as well as the devastating impact that it had caused. However, earlier something had happened that had caused the curse to begin to dissipate, though not completely disappear altogether. When the Ancient Mariner was still on board the ship, accompanied by the corpses of his late crew, he decided to exchange his attitude of contempt that he had had towards the slimy creatures that lived in the sea, and instead decided to appreciate them for what they were. The Ancient Mariner recounted, “Oh happy living things! No tongue their beauty might declare. A spring of love gushed from my heart, And I blessed them unaware; Sure my kind saint took pity on me, And I blessed them unaware.” While this was surely some sort of reassurance for the Ancient Mariner, and perhaps a sign of the possible redemption to come, the he never fully lived in a state where he felt that the full depth of his guilt could ever be completely cleansed.
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