In a small, close-knit community, townspeople often watch one another. Most of the people know each other, and can recognize a neighbor with ease. When one purposely masks their face, they are denying their neighbors the ability to easily know who they are. The townspeople of Milford were shocked when Reverend Mr. Hooper made his way to church one Sunday morning with a black veil shielding most of his face, leaving only his mouth and chin visible. By doing this, Mr. Hooper is denying the townspeople the ability to see his face and forcing them to focus only on what he is saying.
Calpurnia says, “Folks aren’t anxious to have anything to do with any of his family” (164). It can be deduced that it does not necessarily involve race as to why Helen is unable to find a job, but it is merely due to the severity of her husband’s crime. In its entirety, the Robinson family is unable to sustain themselves without a job and is solely depending on the collections of their church in order to
Baldwin had spent many years learning and preaching the Word and had come to realize that “…there was no love in the church. It was a mask for hatred and self-hatred and despair” (39). This mask caused people to think only for themselves. The priests acted in self-interest and rejected anyone who would prevent them from gaining their desire. Baldwin saw that the greediness of the church was not helping anyone.
“He did not smoke, and of course he did not drink; indeed, he had never tasted spirits, and was inclined to avoid people who had—a circumstance that did not shrink his social circle as much as might be supposed, for the center of that circle was supplied by the members of Garden City's First Methodist Church,a congregation totaling seventeen hundred ,most of whom were as abstemious as Mr. Clutter could desire.’’ (10) ( Culture and Community ) Capote used this quote to illustrate the culture of the village of Holcomb, where Mr.Clutter lived and how the social life of a religious family is rooted in their church. This quote represents culture, because is trying to tell us that people in Holcomb should live a life according to their religion ,because their actions affect their social circle and their community.
“I did not deny god's existence, but i doubted his absolute justice” (Wiesel 69). They thought if they loved god and praised him why would he put them through that hell? Many did not celebrate their religions holiday like rosh hashanah. Also they were already deprived of what the food they needed, so none wanted to starve their self even more. So many did not participate in their religion’s holiday.
Holden admires Jesus because of his leadership, yet dislikes the Disciples because they were followers. His parents disagree when it comes to religion, therefore none of his siblings attended church. Holden did not have a belief system when he
The conflict made him not to go to anyone to get counsel, “He knew, in some locked-up little part of him, why it was that he’d gone to no one to open up and seek their life counsel, not Pastor Steve or the prayer partners at campus ministries, not his UPS friends or the spiritual counselling available through his parents’ old church” (160). At the beginning Lane’s views himself as a good Christian, but when he realizes that he could not achieve the main component of Christianity which is love, he resolved the conflict by viewing himself as a hypocrite and not a true Christian. As the story progresses, Lane’s conflict idea of hell was this giant fiery world under the earth. But later he resolved that hell to him really feels like: two opposing armies, they were representing devotion and
Because these people had no supervising guidance, they found themselves immersed within the scandal and gossip of the community’s status quo, causing them to diverge from Christianity. They simply became far too consumed with details serving no purpose to the Christian deity. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” illustrated this idea when townspeople felt more concerned with the details of the minister’s decision to don a black veil, some gathering “in little circles, huddled closely together, with their mouths all whispering in the center” (Hawthorne) rather than focusing on the sermon the priest attempted to deliver. Moreover, the congregation began to practice a period of religious hiatus over the succeeding days, talking “of little else than Parson Hooper’s black veil,” (Hawthorne) which demonstrated the power that stood behind gossip. Similarly, Hepzibah Pyncheon in The House of Seven Gables remained a rotting hermit after once hearing someone insult her natural appearance, stating “Why, her face--I’ve seen it; for I dug her garden for her, one year--her face is enough to frighten the Old Nick himself” (Hawthorne 47).
Sunday Night Madness It was an early Sunday morning and everyone in town was at church except for one suspicious man, Allen Fade. Allen was 24 and the only child or family member left. Unfortunately, Allen did not believe in religion and thought it was all wrong. When he was younger, he use to go to church every Sunday until one day he got really sick. Not only was he really sick and could not go that night, but his sister and parents were reported missing and said they has died the one night he did not go.