Shintoism is an easily recognizable religion in the world through its art, architecture, and culture. Shinto art focuses mainly on depicting Kami in the beauty of nature and physical features. Like the literati school of art in China, Shinto painters, lived in the valleys and hills away from towns to seclude themselves with nature and their artwork (Minneapolis Institute of
Toby and Lucas’s love for camping is part of the reason that Toby is hiking the Appalachian Trail in the first place, so without that similarity, there may not have been a story at all. As for the differences between the two, there are a few, but that is what allows Toby and Lucas to balance each other out so well. As insisted in the book, “When we reached the rope swing, the muddy water below was the lowest I'd ever seen. It made the rope swing seem even that much higher. It made me that much more afraid.
A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good... – such is my idea of happiness” (211). That is existential because Krakauer is explaining McCandless’ meaning of happiness. To McCandless happiness entails seclusion in the country, whereas for someone else, happiness could be being married with kids, living in a large home with a white picket fence. Another example of existentialism in Krakauer’s work is McCandless’ discovery of the dilapidated bus.
Mr. Peters shows us that faith and sacrifice could lead to happiness or unhappiness. Mr.Peter gets out of the car and help this one by the lake. Mr. Peters went to the forest and got three wishes from the swan that he helped. Mr. Peters lived a happy life in the end. Mr. Peters lived a happy life in the end.
Dana Gioia’s poem, “Planting a Sequoia” is grievous yet beautiful, sombre story of a man planting a sequoia tree in the commemoration of his perished son. Sequoia trees have always been a symbol of wellness and safety due to their natural ability to withstand decay, the sturdy tree shows its significance to the speaker throughout the poem as a way to encapsulate and continue the short life of his infant. Gioia utilizes the elements of imagery and diction to portray an elegiac tone for the tragic death, yet also a sense of hope for the future of the tree. The poet also uses the theme of life through the unification of man and nature to show the speaker 's emotional state and eventual hopes for the newly planted tree. Lastly, the tree itself becomes a symbol for the deceased son as planting the Sequoia is a way to cope with the loss, showing the juxtaposition between life and death.
Not only does the story line express their internal conflicts about abortion, but also where they stand within their own faith. Dean struggles to understand his faith, while Sheri knows that within her faith she should not abort the child but love it instead (162). Throughout David Foster Wallace’s short story, “Good People” readers are able characterize Dean and his spirituality through the pace and narration of the novel. The story follows a steady pace, ensuring that the reader truly understands how Dean feels while sitting at that picnic table.
“Conversations With God ”, by Neale Donald Walsch, is written conversation between the writer and God. In a dark moment brought on by frustration and failure, Walsch wrote a cross letter to God. He couldn’t have foreseen that God would write back, but he believes he did. Walsch found himself uncontrollably penning the word of God as they engaged in an exchange of questions and answers. This book is written very simply and is easy to follow.
McDowell begins the book with an anecdote of his life; a familiar story of the sceptical university Agnostic, ready to fire back a retort at the slightest mention of God, Christianity, and anything (or anyone) within. He recounted the all too common feeling of a meaningless life, the seemingly innate itch of human existence, and how it brought him to various places in his life—until he stumbled upon a particular group of people and was changed forever. This introduction, though short, is crucial to understand, for it sets the stage for the remainder of the book. It tells not only the story of a former non-believer, but the story of everyone—it presents us the life of Jesus Christ, not as a gentle sermon or a feel-good retelling, but as an assertive, rational reply to the accusation: ‘Christianity is a myth, and so is your God.’
David Foster Wallace’s “Good People,” tells the story of a young couple troubled by the consequences of their sins, and are forced to reflect on what their decision must be—a decision that should circumvent tainting their image in the eyes of God. The short story is set at a park that overlooks a lake, the couple is sitting at a picnic table, frozen and distraught by their situation. The described setting (warm, springtime, and green) paints the mood as welcoming. The characters’ names are Lane Dean Jr., an accountant and business major working at UPS, and Sheri Fisher, a nursing major. The two hadn’t known each other in high school but had met in a ministry at their junior college.
Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor has many instances pertaining to the theme of Identity and morals. Mrs. Hopewell and Joy believe they are better than everyone else. However, Joy changed her name to Hulga in order to shape her identity because of her leg. She feels like Joy is a beautiful name but see herself as ugly Hulga. Since Hulga has a wooden leg, “Mrs. Hopewell thought of her as a child though she was thirty-two years old and highly educated” (O’Connor 1) Even though Hulga has gone out and become independent in a sense, Mrs. Hopewell thinks Hulga will never lead a normal life and therefore considers her a child.
The physical impairments of Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" illustrate a deeper meaning of Joy-Hulga's handicaps. Joy-Hulga's heart condition, artificial leg and poor eyesight symbolize her inner impairments of emotion, intellect and spiritual capabilities. By including these impairments, it shows how Joy-Hulga really is as a person and the rationality behind what she believes in. The heart condition and artificial leg symbolize the inner emotional detachment she has to her family and herself. Mrs. Hopewell describes Joy-Hulga as "bloated, rude and squint-eyed" and even despite these characteristics, Joy-Hulga's mother still continues to show her love and compassion (O'Connor 558).
In the novel " Good Country People" by Flannery O'Conner, the main character is Joy-Hulga, she is a woman just like her mother Mrs.Hopewell believes she knows it all and, is superior to anyone around her. She has a Ph.D. in philosphy which to her mother it does not mean a thing, but to her that is where her knowledge and understanding of things comes from. O'Conner uses pride to demonstrate how it can lead to a person's destuction, in this case Manly Pointer being able to successfully manipulate Hulga into his seduction and taking her wooden leg. When Hulga first meets Pointly she tries to get her mother to kick him out and seems unintrested in him, but then agrees to meet with him when she believes he likes her. Hulga believed she
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is about a girl named Kira who has a twisted leg. The people in the community she lived in, was about to kick her out of the community. But because she have special talent, they let her stay in the community. The theme of the book is Don’t judge someone on their appearance and the second theme is Don’t underestimate people. The story shows these themes because kira was judged by her twisted leg, but she had a special talent that the community needed.
“The Yellow Wall-Paper” I believe that her she was having Postpartum Depression after she had her child. She would be considered to have Temporary Nervous Depression, merely because she wanted to be with her newborn but that right was taken away by John. I believe that John thought he was helping her by putting her in an enclosed area for her well being. Not understanding the fact that the time she was alone for so long can make her more depressed and feel alone. When Charlotte first saw the house she really loved it, but she had a weird feeling about it.