And what was this big mistake? Well, let’s just say John couldn’t keep it in his pants. Proctor, a proud and upstanding member of the community, sees himself as nothing more than a low-down sinner, and a fake. Although John Proctor undergoes some pretty serious changes as a person; from a deceitful sinner to a courageous, devoted, and ultimately good Christian, across the entire play he remains a tormented man who cannot escape his internal demons.
No matter the degree of sin each of us commits we are estranged from God to some capacity. It is common for the human person to fall prey to the approval of the world and forget or ignore God, who loves us despite the numerous times we reject Him. He even states how he remembers in his youth that he had wept for Dido for committing suicide because of love (The Confessions by St. Augustine, book 1), but he didn't weep for his own sins and transgressions for God. He could empathize with the tragic plight of a character in a book, but he didn't or couldn't recognize his own tragedy. I think it's all too common for a person to see the faults in someone else and feel sorrow for them, but at the same time, they are unable to acknowledge their own faults and get to the root of their sin.
In Beowulf, it says “their ears could not hear his praise nor know his glory,” this is a connection to God in this epic, but in modern society, people with anxiety don’t hear praise they receive from others because they don’t believe it (lines 97-98). Grendel can’t help who his ancestors are, but he can help himself instead of living down to their expectations. In The Monster Called Anxiety, it says “The inside of my head is a loud place. Something is constantly bouncing around. I think about things I said or did years ago, about how ‘stupid’ I was,/ Anxiety makes me a difficult person to be friends with” (Ann).
The most important feature of a sermon is the application of a scripture text to the personal experience of the listener. Especially this last part is what reduced many of Edwards’s listeners to tears. In Edwards’s sermon the scripture text is “Their foot shall slide in due time”. This meant that eventually, all sinners would be punished by God, which could be at any time. Edwards speaks of a wrathfull God, a God who by Puritan standards is considered forgiving for not letting all of humanity fall into the deepest pits of hell.
He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95). He comes to realise that he
However, despite his tenacious attempts to separate himself from a godless world and live in purity, Nathan continuously perverts the Word of God, thus demonstrating his failure to defeat his enemies. He clings to the Apocrypha, a collection of books that Jews and Protestant Christians generally reject as canon; he boldly proclaims “Jesus is Bangala!” during his services, warping both the Kongolese language and his audience’s perspective of Jesus Christ; he acts ashamed when he has sex with his wife, much like the shame that Adam and Eve felt when they realized they were naked after disobeying God. In fact, Nathan behaves as if every encounter with other human beings is his reenactment of Jesus being tempted by Satan. He uses the Bible as a weapon, or a punishment; he is defensive and
In chapter seven in the Outsiders Ponyboy talks to Randy about how the Socs and Greasers hate each other and in the end, Ponyboy made Randy feel better of himself. With all that Ponyboy experienced, he knows that everyone has some potential for being good and that Randy would have saved the kids in the church too. Randy mentions that the world hates him, but Ponyboy says that he hates the world and he needs to change that. In the talk with Randy Ponyboy says “So it doesn’t do any good, the fighting and the killing. It doesn’t prove anything.”
Finally, forgiveness is an important theme in the book. At some point in every transition between ghost and angel, forgiveness is offered. The ghosts (in transition) refuse and instead hold the narrow-minded self-identifications, egoistic arrogance and obsessions are Lewis’ accusation of man himself. The ghosts in the book cannot abandon their senses of self, no matter how wrongly constructed. For Lewis, all such refusals, are examples of wrong moral choices, choices with eternal consequences.
The Christian worldview is about God’s desire to fix a broken relationship between Him and humans, His beloved creation. Humans rebelled against God and cannot save themselves because of their sinful nature. God is a perfect, holy, and righteous God, who cannot tolerate sin and evil. Numbers 14:18 (NIV) says, “The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”
At first, Barabas considers the wrongs done to him by various people as very personal issues. However, as the play progresses he begins to abhor the Christians specifically because of certain experiences. Barabas teaches his slave, Ithamore, the trade of revenge: “First, be thou void of these affections/ Compassion, love, vain hope, and heartless fear;/ Be mov'd at nothing, see thou pity none/ But to thyself smile when the Christians moan”.
Plus, Proctor’s third son is not baptized because Proctor will not “let Mr. Parris lay a hand upon my (Proctor’s) baby.” Proctor doesn’t see Parris as an honorable leader of the church, but that is clouding his participation in a religious practice, baptism. The final reason why Proctor’s religious knowledge and participation are clouded is because he believes Reverend Parris is greed because Parris was “the first minister ever did demand the deed to his house,” and he “preached nothing but golden candlesticks until he had them.” Once again, one who is Puritan needs to have faith in their religious leader, but Proctor can’t. As a result, he isn’t a devout
Close Reading and Observations of Religion in Catcher of the Rye Holden’s view of religion fluctuates throughout the novel, though he mostly viewed it negative Holden doesn’t seem to hate idea of religion- he just hates how people seem to manipulated (take Ossenburger who uses religion to benefit his image and the big showy Christmas) celebrations that Holden saw in the park) the only good part of religion that he likes is Jesus- in fact he talks extremely fondly of him believes firmly that Judas never went to hell outwardly atheist I think he relates to Jesus so much because in a way, Holden is like Jesus; he feels like he has to sacrifice himself to save the innocence of children Holden isn’t really assertive whenever he says that he’s atheist- he
Reverend Parris is the minister of Salem. He is very proud because of his position though he scares of losing it. He is Betty’s father and Abigail’s uncle. In the book, the author indicates him as “there is very little good in himself”. Perris is a wormy, paranoid, unreliable and an ignoble character.
Before he leaves though, he "yell[s] at the top of [his] goddam voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons ' " (68)! Although it is a shame, any reader can see that Holden seems to have nothing going right or in a positive way all because of his negative attitude. Therefore, this attitude leads him to almost care about nothing. Though Holden may seem to be a lost cause because of his negative attitude, he thankfully has an epiphany that changes his view towards the world because he realizes that people have to grow up. When Holden visits his younger sister, Phoebe, he is happy to see her, but when they begin talking their conversation turns negative.
Holden in the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” and Conrad in the book “Ordinary People” are very similar in many ways, but differ in a few as well. They are both go through a difficult time in dealing with a death of a brother and deal with their grief and other things in very similar ways. Holden and Conrad kept a majority of their feelings to themselves and felt inferior compared to their lost siblings. They both suffer through the stages of grief in different but similar ways but unlike Holden, Conrad is able to overcome his grief and begin to heal.