Baldwin saw that the greediness of the church was not helping anyone. His childhood friends were still turning to the streets, drinking and committing crimes. The church committed the same acts, but few noticed because of this mask of love, just as Elijah used his charisma to convince others to hate whites. Baldwin believed that his nephew and himself could change America. The fact that he believes that he has the ability to change how others perceive each other shows how much faith he has in the ability of people to love.
The boy however, chooses to express his love differently throughout the book. He shows random acts of kindness to strangers his father remains cautious of. He seeks to understand why the gangs are ‘bad’ and believes that deep down, they too are loving. The mother did an unspeakable act that seems cruel at most looks, but to her, she was proving her love to her son, trying to give him a better life. The power of love will always transcend after death, and that is why love will always exist in a broken
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale had an affair with Hester Prynne and Hester is the one being shamed for it. Being considered a god and being looked up to didn't help much either, being praised was a constant reminder of how imperfect he was and how cowardly he became because of his guilt. In conclusion, symbolism was greatly used in The Scarlet Letter to show how guilt can destroy someone. Dimmesdale has shown us that guilt can be more destructive than punishment imposed on others and that deception and secrecy can be destructive. Society has cause guilt to destroy a human by what they think
These same men who act like they were religious enough because of tithing and yet are guilty of injustice. Barclay (1975) also stated in his book that these Pharisees have forgotten mercy by having a hard, arrogant and cruel demeanor. They could take oaths and pledges and promises with the deliberate intention of evading them, forgetting fidelity. In short many of them have been obsessing on matters that does not have much value and
Li Cunxin, in his blog, writes that at the end of the story, it is learned by the readers that Baba turned out to be a thief who stole the truth from Amir and Hassan. However, he also turned out to be someone who tried his best to confront his sins and redeem them by building orphanages, fixing Hassan's harelip, and helping others in general (Li Cunxin, Levy98's Blog). Unlike Baba, Amir was afraid of confronting his sins. In the novel, Baba, with reference to Amir, says, "A boy won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" (page 22, chapter3) which foreshadows how Amir was unable to face his sin, unlike
Abner Snopes would abuse his son and one particular moment Sarty realize that he did not want to live in fear with his father rules. In this context it is believable that Sarty wants to do the right things from now on,"If I had said they wanted only truth, justice, he would have hit me again." But now he said nothing. He was not crying. He just stood there”(Faulkner, 3).
Elie takes another path because he sees no good that came out of the humanity see saw. People were beaten and killed. The inhumanity also made him lose something he kept so dear, his religion. Overall, there is a lot that can be learned about humanity and inhumanity in Tuesday with Morrie and in Night. Even though the darkness of inhumanity can cast a shadow over the world, one must not falter to it and let one’s humanity shine
As he teaches he hears, “Their laughter...It was not the joyous laughter which God knows why-one associates with children. It was mocking and insular, its intent was to denigrate.” (Baldwin, Sonny’s Blues) The Narrator also talks about the “vivid, killing streets of our childhood,” as he finally understands the danger Sonny is trying to escape and finally finds the truth of his mother's advice. “ You may not be able to stop nothing from happening. But you gotta let him know you’s there.” (Baldwin, Sonny's
The philosophic position the Misfit unknowingly gives voice to in rationalizing his actions is that he is a victim of the circumstances happened to him. As mentioned on page 972, the Misfit says, “I never was a bad boy that I remember of.” The Misfit believes he was innocent and still had to serve time in a penitentiary. The atmosphere of the penitentiary was so traumatic that he lost his innocence and turned into a criminal. When the Misfit says that Jesus has thown everything off balance. He means that Jesus forgives the sinner thus the sinner does not feel guilty.