Religion In The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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How do nature and religion work together? Many ask the question few know the answer. Nature, or Romanticism, conspires with religion in the representation of events in the epic, such as the albatross and God. Samuel Coleridge, author of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, creates a sense of Romanticism through his characters and descriptive scenes. Facts show that Samuel Coleridge’s writing changed drastically over time. In agreement with Camille Paglia, Coleridge’s rhyme and writing became somewhat ritualistic.The writing of Samuel Coleridge gives visions of transcended languages and create a dream like experience (Paglia 101). Paglia believes that the epic poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is in fact a rhapsody of the male heroine filled with piercing arias:…show more content…
And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony.”. The poem tells a story of an original sin and punishment by God. By killing the albatross, the mariner becomes the center of all universal attention (Paglia 99). In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Coleridge creates a poem full of allegorical scenes. He uses the albatross and the three men at the end to portray religious views. In the beginning of the poem, the Mariner believes the albatross has brought only bad luck to their journey. He shoots the albatross with a crossbow, killing it and committing an original sin thus bringing God into the equation (Gose 9). The death of the albatross brings God into the equation because the albatross is an allegory of the Christian soul (Bloom 16). “‘God save thee, ancient Mariner! From the fiends, that plague thee thus!-- Why look’st thou so?’-- With my cross-bow I shot the Albatross (7).” As a punishment, Life-in-Death and Death capture the ship. They play a game of dice to see who gets the crew and who gets the

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