Christian Elements In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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In this essay, I will discuss the usage of Christian elements of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, ballad written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and how they come together to make the moral. For this to be possible, it is important to note author's own religious beliefs in order to understand how he incorporated these elements into the text. Coleridge was a devout Unitarian Christian, though he continually struggled to accept some Christian ideas. Both his beliefs and doubts transferred to his poems, „In any case, Coleridge would certainly not have been the first Christian poet to question, through the medium of verse, the morally disturbing implications of a divine Father who offers up His only Son (…)“ (Hillier 10) hence, the same should apply to The Rime. William Empson makes a point of arguing that Coleridge's subsequent addition of Gloss to the ballad influenced readers to understand the poem as a heavily Christian based one. „If we restore practically all cuts, and omit all Glosses, we get a story of adventure and…show more content…
“That moment that his face I see,/ I know the man that must hear me :/To him my tale I teach.//115 It is not the retteling of the story that is important, that is just merely a means of transporting the message which is of the real value. “For the Mariner the divine is not the meaning of his tale but the meaning from, or out of, his tale, the horizon of becoming which implicitly, and in a distinct mode of weakness, accompanies it.“ (Larkin 154) Because of that, his duty is to share it with others in need of hearing it. Much like Christians, who when they learn that they are saved through Jesus Christ, have an obligation to bring others in light of this fact. “…the Mariner learned to acknowledge the beauty of all natural creatures and was saved to proselytize for this eminently noble moral position.“ (Ferguson

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