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.
As they describe in depth their feelings towards nature, it becomes more clear the differences that these authors have with their relationship with nature. 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.
The woods on the other hand, are where everything Brown believes in is turned on his head. 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.
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.
Although it’s due to the emergence of Christianity that natural law develops into Christian common law. Schmidt further explains that in common law, “natural law was not an entity by itself but part of God’s created order in nature through which he made all rational human beings aware of what is right and wrong” (Schmidt 253). These theories were debated over vast amounts of time; due to the expansion of knowledge and beliefs in literature. The bible stated the following in
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: This
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 it did both that tells us as peers, he is in a dangerous environment where he shouldn’t travel alone. 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 spends her time in nature, focusing on its beauty and attempting to draw conclusions on key life questions from the knowledge she perceives in the natural world. Through scripture, God 's nature is truly revealed and key life questions are answered. 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