Goodman Brown and Thoreau go into the woods for different purposes. In both works, the woods are representing a higher spiritual purpose in relation to that of God and nature. Goodman Brown’s purpose is more reflective of notions of God, as Goodman goes into the woods in search in search of the Devil. Goodman wants to flirt with the bad or evil side of things thinking he can go back to his life of faith without consequence. This turns out to not be the case, as there are major consequences in which Goodman Brown figures out just a little too late.
Even though these authors have expressed their feelings toward nature in different ways, both authors have expressed their relationship (to nature) with imagery and sensory words. Williams Wordsworth
In light of today’s most pressing environmental problems, many discuss what led us to end up in the midst of such a crisis. Many agree that our issues stem from a general negligence and disrespect of our natural resources. However, what led us to develop perspectives that permit environmentally-negative behaviors? Many agree that this line of thinking stems back to religious texts, such as The Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew Bible, specifically Genesis 1 and 2, emphasize an anthropocentric, or human-centered, environmental worldview (an environmental worldview is a set of collective beliefs and values that give people a sense of how the world works, their role in the environment, and right and wrong behavior towards the environment).
By repeating and capitalizing Nature multiple times throughout “Self-Reliance”. Emerson using this capitalization shows how strongly he feels that the most important idea is that the ultimate wrong towards being self-reliant is going against your Nature but also makes the audience look at Nature as a person and not just an element. Emerson’s transcendentalist ideals show his belief that God speaks to people through Nature. By connecting to this belief it appeals to the religious people of that time. Emerson uses Nature in all of his surroundings and especially in young, innocent children to connect innocent things to his beliefs to persuade readers.
He encounters many of his past. It is a representation of a troubled mind, hence the haziness between if the sightings in the woods were real or fictitious. A world outside the norm is the concept of the woods, outside what Brown knows to be right and wrong and definitely outside of his liking. While taking the journey through the woods Brown is figuratively exploring his fears, feelings, and many other things he would not normally acknowledge. Again a sense of exploring his subconscious.
Things can be seen different in many perspectives. It can be interpreted in ways others can’t see. But in order to regulate and adjust our lives, to show the meaning of what we see, we need the solitude to consolidate our thoughts and see things that were hidden in the first place. In “Nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson applies rhetorical strategies for instance the imagery of unity and the allusion of God to experience the nature in solitude. Emerson starts off his piece with imagery of the unity between man and nature.
Predict: Based on the fact that a little boy runs away from home and goes to live in the woods I predicted that he would get scared and go home. But he manages to keep going and live on his own which is surprising to me that he did not get scared and want to go home. Connect:
It is apparent while reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, that the creature’s consciousness of a higher being certainly acts in evoking his quest for self-acceptance and religious ratification. However, throughout the text, Shelley presents ideas of human development through juxtaposing means of religious and non-religious (or interpersonal) relationships. Partnered with biblical allusions and themes of isolation and prejudice, these relationships help the reader to deduce that ethical and spiritual progress is best achieved through the removal of traditional religious structure, and rather a focus on secular
Since the protagonist subconscious mind fails to get an understanding how easy it is to freeze to death in the conditions he is in. He continues to go further down his menacing path to failure. Due to his lack of imagination, the character will not recognize how much of a threat nature will be as he dig deeper down his path. Since he fails at recognizing the strength of nature almost in a disrespectful manner, its treacherous force will soon hit him hard.
Annie Dillard through hasty conclusions and misunderstanding believes God is brutal, distant, and sinister, directly contrasting the Biblical view of God being loving, concerned, and the source of
In the sermon "Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God" Jonathon Edwards uses various rhetorical devices to persuade his audience. The sermon was made on July 8, 1741 at a time were everyone believed in God and everything revolved around the bible. In his sermon, Edwards used allusions, similes, and personification to show God's anger towards humans. In the 17th century people's beliefs were all based on the bible. Everyone could refer to the bible as one of the only books they knew.
In “The Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards both have a similar yet different style of writing and delivery.however Edwards gave more detail to make to his sermon which made it more effective than Hawthorne were his was of an inference to the theme. Edwards and Hawthorne diction was archaic, the themes of the texts was that everyone is a sinner whether a black veil is upon a face or hanging from the hand of God. In the same fashion way, the themes from “The Minister’s Black Veil” and Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” are similar. For example, both themes centers on sinners/sins.
The sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was written with many purposes. The main concept that Jonathan Edwards, the minister who wrote the sermon, wanted to get across is that God does not give any pity to those who do not believe in him and his gospel. He casts all of the sinners into the pits of hell and lets those who have been good live for eternity. This sermon was written after many reports of witchcraft came about in the New England colonies. These reports caused the Salem Witch Trials to occur and many people to become non-believers.
Johnathan Edwards throughout his life time was able to captivate the attention and hearts of his audience with impactful speeches that boasted clever rhetorical devices. Using rhetorical devices to evoke emotional responses from his audience, Johnathan Edwards was able to maintain a potent role in his society throughout the early 1700’s. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Edward’s displayed the potential of rhetorical devices as he delivered his message of fear to the audience in an effective manner. Throughout the sermon Edwards utilized several forms of rhetorical devices including, similes and metaphors, repetition and alliteration, and parallelism.