One example of this is Bernard’s view of sexuality. The novel says, “The mockery made him feel like an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him” (65). It’s an unfortunate situation for his happiness; however, it gives him a valuable perspective.
After Yossarian arrives back from a mission in which Nately is killed, the chaplain is taken by two unknown military officials to be asked about a letter that Yossarian had doctored to be signed by the chaplain. Throughout the interrogation, the chaplain’s rights are ignored and any possibility of justice abandoned. The first evidence of injustice in this scene is when the chaplain asks what he is guilty of and the unknown colonel replies, “We don’t know yet, but we’re going to find out. And we sure know it’s serious” (380). The fact that the chaplain is forcibly taken to be interrogated without any proof or reason of wrong doing is an infringement of basic rights.
(Hawthorne 118). Because even the most holy man in the community succumbs to sin, Hawthorne clearly condemns Winthrop's standard of a sinless society, deciding that ultimately no community can achieve that exceptional standard. Hawthorne also writes about family, but deviates from Winthrop’s ideal as Pearl does not have a father who provides for her. Hester, a woman, has to “supply food for her thriving infant and herself” (Hawthorne 74), which she does by selling her needlework. By openly breaking Winthrop’s trope of the father as the provider, Hawthorne again rebels against Winthrop’s view of exceptionalism, and demonstrates that Puritan exceptionalism is unattainable.
Literature is a reflection of society, comprising of its flaws and beauty, as authors explore aspects which are often overlooked and ignored. In literature, characters are bound by the adversities that society has generated. Society is the foundation for challenging adversities because individuals are molded by the environment that raises them and aim to conform/ fit in with social norms even when they do not meet the needs of those individuals. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts Tom Buchanan as a product of a materialistic society, where his self-indulgence creates a constraint on the formation of fulfilling relationships that provide happiness. He is ignorant of the fact that physical comforts will never satisfy
The officials have been making irrational decisions because of all the hysteria in the town. When Hale gets fed up with the court officials he challenges its legitimacy. “I denounce these proceedings!” (120) He makes a powerful statement which shows that he does not agree or approve of what is going on within the court because of his strong ethics and morals.
At a time when women are regarded as second-class citizens and having no rights, Hester refuses to speak and in this way defies Puritan authority. Instead of crumbling under public persecution as expected, Hester’s passive resistance lifts her up and manifests itself as strength. A supposed pillar of Puritan society, Reverend Dimmesdale taunts his paramour publically and suffers the pain of his silence privately. Dimmesdale’s silence evolves into his destruction, a fate far worse than any sentence God could have handed down for his love. Chillingworth is perhaps the biggest failure of all having gained nothing by withholding his truth.
Proctor doubts his goodness and constantly seeks forgiveness. This is evident when he says "I cannot mount the giblet like a saint, my honesty is broke elizebeth, I am no good man. When Proctor finally has the bravery to go to court, despite the risk of exposure, he breaks down under the pressure of Abigails power and denounces god in frustration. As a result of this he is arrested. In act four, Proctor's integrity outweighs his will to live.
Additionally, the tone given to the dialogue by the author makes it sound as if being alone is not something to be desired. In addition to everything, we know that the story declares humans unfit to know the truth, we cannot handle it. It’s not a matter of morals and tolerance, humanity is simply physically and/or spiritually unable to handle it. Reverend Hooper tells his Elizabeth that "'No mortal eye will see it withdrawn.
These lines from Edwards ' sermon states that since God has not let you be reborn, he is angry with you. Since you have not let God completely into your heart, he is putting you in his hands ascended over hell, waiting for you to be reborn. I feel like this is unfair, should it not be your choice whether you want to let God into your heart fully? There is nothing saying that God has been angry with us. Disappointed with us, yes, but outraged, no.
Reverend Parris, the minister of his parish or town. John Proctor has three key reasons why he doesn’t stand behind Parris. First, he is displeased at how much Parris speaks of hell in his sermons. Second, he believes Parris is greedy, and lastly, he does not see Parris as an honorable leader of the church.
Despite being appointed as God’s chosen liberator of the Israelites, Moses is a person incapable of effectively leading his people. Moses’s lack of charisma, confidence, and determination are his greatest flaws as a leader which are demonstrated when he initially fails to stop his fellow Hebrews from fighting. His critical flaws as a leader initiates a chain of failures that will befall the Israelites during their journey and their eventual punishment of never reaching the Promised Land. One of Moses’s greatest shortcomings as a leader is his lack of charisma. He is unable to make the people naturally follow him and his words.