Material Possession vs Religion In “Verses upon the Burning of our House”, about the religious and human view of material things, Anne Bradstreet tries to hide the fact that during the burning of her house she secretly grieves the lost of her material things. The poet struggles in the debate of spiritualism and non spiritualism as she goes on in the poem describing her feelings and thoughts about her house burning down. As I read the poem I felt a bit of controversy from Bradstreet point of view because of her seesaw in how she illustrates the importance of possession, contrary of her religious beliefs. Bradstreet´s final point is that unlike the importance of possession, people, including the poet herself, craves and desires all material things. Bradstreet opens her poem by telling her readers about the impact caused on her when she woke up form a “silent night” (1), term she uses to later express the great impact made on her by the roaring sound of fire burning down her house, and that awakens her from her sleep.
She wakes up to finding that her house is on fire. When she found her burning house she had been very sad and sorrow because of the incident. But there was something else she valued more then her house, Anne Bradstreet reminds herself that her future, and anything that had been worth value would lie in heaven. It had been against her belief that she had felt this way; showing she is a sinner. Her deep Puritan beliefs had brought her to accept that the loss of material, was spiritually necessary thing to have
A sense of change was present for both of the authors due to the fires. Attitudes and mindsets were not the same as they normally are. Logos and pathos was used in both “Brush Fire” and “The Santa Ana” because the authors did give a lot of information regarding the winds, but they also expressed their personal emotion towards it in their writing. The authors made it clear that the fires did in fact change people, no matter how the people were changed. They had some sort of differences to them during the
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.”
At first glance, these four concepts seem rather incompatible with each other; however, if looked at from a certain angle, they actually fit together well. The most seemingly incompatible parts of these theological ideas are the belief in monotheism and the idea of a messiah. A concept of the messiah could cause some concern for those who strictly follow a monotheistic religion. That is, it appears that a new god is being added to the religion, and is causing a shift towards polytheism, which said monotheistic religion strictly warns against. This issue could easily be reconciled with the concept of a combination of the two concepts; the messiah could also be considered to be the same being as God.
It is explained that God is the only one who is able to save people from going to Hell. Edwards wants people to imagine how evil and distressed life would be without Gods love and mercy. He explains that to not burn in Hell people need to ask for forgiveness from God, experience Gods mercy, and continuously practice the Lords word. Edwards really lets the message of “Gods wrath” sink into our minds to show how mighty, powerful, and capable the Lord is. The Lord gives us many opportunities to rely on Him and when we need his love and mercy the most.
God, Fire, and Hell Bradstreet’s poem and Edwards’ Sermon have lots in common. They talk about obvious things like fire, they both have a meaning of fire, and have some fear put into it. But they also have many differences, for example the way the use the fire in their stories, the mood of their stories, and how they see God. To start off they have a meaning to the fire, but their messages are totally different in the two stories. In Bradstreet’s poem the fire is actually burning her possession and she thinks of it as a good thing.
“Who it may be are at ease, than with many of those who are now in the flames of hell” (Edwards, page 124, line 9). Jonathan Edwards means do not sin or you will be in hell with every other person who has sinned and gone to hell. Although Jonathan Edwards and Anne Bradstreet both write about their beliefs and they both believe in God, they believe in God in different ways. Jonathan Edwards writes/preached “You will go to hell if you sin at all, and do not fully give yourself to God”. Anne Bradstreet believes more in praying during hard times like in her poem “Burning of our House” and saying her belongings are not hers, but rather God’s belongings.
Huck, knowing he may go to hell, saves Jim away. He believes Christianity to take up to much stock in the dead and not the living; Huck thinks Heaven will be filled with boring, like Miss Watson and Widow Douglas, he thinks hell would be more
Response Paper #2 Mary Rowlandson is a strong, puritan mother whose life gets turned upside down when Indians attack Lancaster and spit settlers apart and take her captive. Through God’s power and grace, she is able to capture the Puritan belief that everything that happens, happens for a reason. Whether it be good or evil, Mary Rowlandson is able to capture Gods power and grace through her traumatic experience held captive by Indians.
Two outstanding American figures, Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards, greatly influenced American culture during and following the periods of the Great Awakening and the Age of Reason. The Great Awakening was an era of spiritual rejuvenation whereas the Age of Reason, or Enlightenment, was an era of scientific reasoning (Perkins and Perkins, Reason 157). Through the convergence of Edward’s views on spiritual humanity and Franklin’s views on rational humanity, American culture has evolved into a more diverse and progressive society. Inspirational literature was a catalyst in the formation of Jonathan Edwards’ perspectives on the methods of attaining a more fulfilling life. In the beginning, Edwards faced external and internal conflicts