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What is the message that Coleridge wants to convey through the poem?

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S.T. Coleridge’s ballad ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is based on the theme of sin, revenge and repentance. The killing of the innocent albatross-‘a Christian Soul’ brings sufferings to the old Mariner and other sailors. The message is quite clear. Any sin, even if it is committed in a fit of anger or rush of blood, brings woes and despair to the man who commits it. The sin hangs around constantly around our neck like the albatross hanging around the Mariner’s neck.

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