Edwards vs Bradstreet “The flame consume my dwelling place. / And when I could no longer look, / I blest His name that gave and took” (Bradstreet 69). In “Verses upon the Burning of Our House” and in “from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the pieces include the observing of God’s hand in daily life in the midst of sin or challenge. Anne Bradstreet wrote “Verses upon the Building of Our House” in the Massachusetts Bay Colony corresponding to the event of her house burning that occurred on July 10, 1666 (“Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)” 68). She immigrated to the Americas from England as a child in the time when belief in Puritanism was overcoming the East coast (“Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)” 68).
In the doctor’s waiting room, as Mrs. Turpin is gloating about her life and stature in society, Mary Grace throws a book at Mrs. Turpin and assaults her while saying, “Go back to hell where you came from, you old wart hog.” (Revelation 393) Further in the story, we see how God truly gives Mrs. Turpin a revelation to show how her actions are meaningless in her Christian walk, and that she must give up on her self-righteous attitude. This self-righteous attitude is what attributes to Mrs. Turpin’s downfall, and leads to her unproclaimed actions following her vision. However, what if one was not self-righteous about their own actions, but instead where they came from? Or when they came
In Charlotte Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” she tells a horrific ghost story about symptoms of the rest cure. The “rest cure” was a treatment developed by Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell who restricted women of intellectual stimuli and condemned them to a domestic life to help their postpartum recovery. After being a victim of this treatment, Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Careful attention to the use of Gilman’s symbols in her short story allows the reader to analyze some of the themes concerning feminism and societal misogyny. Foreshadowing throughout, Gilman uses the house, the writing, and the wallpaper as symbols to show how man’s use of the “rest cure” limit women in society and offers that the solution to this issue is to persistently tear away at man’s injustice. Throughout the story, Gilman foreshadows the detrimental effects of the rest cure by
God told them not to look back, but Lot’s wife did and God turned her into a pillar of salt. Vonnegut uses words like failure when referring to his book and looking back, because that’s exactly what Lot’s wife did. She did something she wasn’t suppose to do. Vonnegut is looking back at tragedy in this book, which he is not suppose to be doing. Lot’s wife is looking at the tragedy that was her home.
In the poem “Fury,” by Lucille Clifton, told a story about Lucille's mother who also wrote poetry even though she was uneducated. Her mother was asked to publish some of her poems in a book, but because of the arrow she live in (men were more dominant in society) Lucille's father would not let her publish her poems. In the poem it state “wife” by being an obedient wife, Lucille’s mother decided to sacrifice and give up the poems that she cherish so much by burning them in the furnace. Her “clutching hands, animal-like eyes, and her crying”, show how against she was to throwing away her work. She cherished them like “jewels”.
Twain demonstrates the insincerity of religion through the Widow Douglas. The Widow Douglas is portrayed as a woman who follows the Christian ‘rules’ but ironically has the lowest principles. Twain uses the Widow as an example because of her caustic actions. She exposes and forces onto Huck many rituals such as mealtime prayer which Huck doesn’t understand. He describes it as a moment when “you had to wait for the widow to tuck her head and grumble over the victuals” (2).
‘Not God’” Sister Leopolda refers to Maries Indian heritage as the devil, darkness, and the dark one (Erdrich). This is how she convinces Marie that she needs the physical abuse of being burned with boiling water and being nearly put into an oven. Once Marie realizes that her background isn’t something to be ashamed of or something evil she leaves the convent. However, the trauma continues to haunt her throughout her life. Her hatred towards Christianity allows to keep herself in check but in “Flesh and Blood” when she goes to see Sister Leopolda on her deathbed her trauma is manifested when she tries to prove her strength at whatever cost.
The grandmother uses Jesus as a scapegoat to show how she is a child of God while the Misfit tells of how he really perceives Jesus and that there is no justification of his actions. In the event of the car accident, the Grandmother was left with a physical crisis that quickly showed as her family was sent off into the woods to be killed one by one. This soon transitioned to a spiritual crisis both between the Grandmother and the Misfit as she uses Jesus's name to try and escape her fate. This spiritual crisis leads the characters to express their personal conception of reality and how they perceive the revelation of the situation that they are in. The Grandmother has a sense that reality should revolve around her and that she should manipulate tools such as religion to benefit her outcome.
Bo Johnson in “Form and Message in Lamentations points out that each section plays a significant role in the telling of this great tragedy. To begin, chapter one starts off by tell the details of the destruction of Jerusalem by a third person source then by Jerusalem, who is ascribed as being a woman (Johnson). Upon the conclusion of a message by Jerusalem concerning the knowledge Jerusalem has about her sinning and how she has been brought low, she prays, which acts as a transition point to a newer perspective (Johnson). The second half of chapter states that this destruction occurred because of God and that is was God’s will, and the author describes the aforementioned destruction yet now in this perspective (Johnson). Verses 14 and 15 states this idea; they read, “He caused my strength to fail” and “He summoned an assembly against me.” Johnson states that the two halves can be understood as the first being the factual, proven part, and the second in the interpretation that what had occurred was done by God because the people were sinners (Johnson).
As per Lia’s parents reasoning, her condition was as a result of the loss of her soul following an incident with her older sister. The parent’s believed that at the incident where her sister slammed the door to their apartment, the sound frightened away her soul and thus leading to her condition. Rather than the parents seeing the illness for what it was, they viewed it from a spiritual point of view and thereby becoming equivocal and uncertain of the capability of the western medicine. In spite of the fact that they irregularly administered the prescribed dosage, they sort to treat Lia with shamanism, animal sacrifices, and their very own traditional herbal
“The devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them, and swallow them up.” (Edwards) The differences in the Bradstreet’s poem, God was taking the house to help her move on with her life. “It was His own, it was not mine, far be it that I should repine; he might of all justly bereft.” (Bradstreet) Even though everything she own was gone, she still has god by her side and blest his name. The feelings in both of the stories are very depressing and frightening. In Bradstreet’s, when you’re reading it, it sounds like the main person was very scared and didn’t know what was happening. After running out she blest god for saving her.
She told me to tell his mother not to cry loudly; that may disturb the rounds. On those days, we just obeyed them blindly, since that was the tradition. I tried to comfort the mother; we wept together silently. That mottled body, pale, half-way closed eyes, and bluish lips haunted me for several nights. I felt anger to God and started bargaining with God, and asked why do we have to die?
One strong emotional reaction is when Aibileen always mentions something about her past like with her ex-husband, Clyde and her deceased son, Treelore. It’s sad when you keep on remembering your loved ones dying and leaving you. Another strong emotion I had was when every time the maids were discriminated against. It’s not fair that just because of your color that you have to be made fun of. My last strong reaction in the book in my opinion is when the maids get fired.