Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

M. McCullen [?]

First Committee Member

C. H[?]

Second Committee Member

Robert Knighton


My thesis that Coleridge employed universal images of the supernatural and traditional Christian symbols to illustrate the Mariner’s religious conversion in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The basis for this proposition is that Coleridge made religion the Rime’s theme. The following validations of the religious theme proposal will be offered in these chapters: (1) The religious theme synthesizes two popular but unsatisfactory thematic statements: “estrangement” and “sacramental vision.”; (2) Coleridge’s philosophical system is founded upon the postulation of a supernatural reality. The Mariner’s conversion may be seen as his change from Aristotelian conceptualism (which recognizes one reality - nature) to Platonic dualism (which recognizes two realities - nature and supernature).





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