Religion has been and always will be one of the core foundations in American society. This is especially true in the book, “The Kingdom of Matthias”. In this novel, Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz use memoirs and stories from many authors including (but not limited to) William Stone and Margaret Matthews. Matthias did not leave any written accounts behind so these articles are the only sources available to be analyzed. The story begins not with Matthias, but with a man named Elijah Pierson. This extremely religious man saw himself as a “messenger of God” and felt like he too could be like one of the Apostles in the Bible. The book then moves on to Robert Matthews who also like Elijah, was a devoted believer. Many mocked Matthias, which led to a whole other set of issues. In “The Kingdom of Matthias”, historians Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz give an enthralling look into the chaotic movements of the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening through the trials of Elijah Pierson and Matthias.
Conversely, Hawthorne did not trust man at all. He was a Transcendental Pessimist. He believed man was corrupt, and following his intuition would fail him in life. One of Hawthorne’s short stories, “Young Goodman Brown”, portrays the tale of a young Christian man who wanders into the forest and witnesses a witch-meeting that involves some of the people Goodman Brown thought to be some of the holiest people he knew: the church Deacon, the pastor, and even Brown’s own wife, Faith. After the witch-meeting incident in the woods, Brown wonders whether he witnessed the witch meeting, or if it was a creation of his own imagination: “quote”.
Caring for her brother made her realize that she wanted to become a nurse. Taking care of her brother caused her to be behind schooling. To make up for this she was sent to a private boarding school. From being homeschooled, Clara was very shy. She soon got very sick because she was too scared to meet new people, and was sent home.
The Struggle with Faith “Young Goodman Brown”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that is meant to hold a larger truth about society. This story is comprised of many different symbols that work together to make that truth all the more clear to the reader. Hawthorne will accentuate the fact that faith is a choice, and each individual faces a struggle whether or not to accept faith as a part of who they are. He uses each character and event in the story as a representation of different influences that people are impacted by in the process of making a decision on faith.
All young men, when tempted, will give in, at least a little, resulting in the loss of their innocence. In the story “Young Goodman Brown”, the ill nature of his evening visit to the woods is on full display. He fears the questioning that will subsequently follow and what that will reveal if the catechism teacher discovers his tryst in the woods: “Being a stranger to you, she might ask whom I was consorting with and whither I was going” (1072). The essence of this encounter embodies the rest of the story in that all who have given into temptation know the truth and live with secret guilt. Hawthorne shows us Goodman Brown’s transformational pivot point into sin.
In this town there was no respect for that which led the townspeople to close themselves off to anything that was not taught in the bible. It led Reverend Brown to lead the townspeople inadequately. The townspeople were relying on Reverend Brown to lead them and that is not wrong of them but the only problem here was that they did not know how to think for themselves. They were so closed minded to new ideas that everything outside the doctrine was wrong. To think freely is to be able to open your mind to new depths, it does not mean you have to agree to them or believe in them it just means that you are able to see out of the lense of someone
The nature of many characters in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible are changed none more than of Reverend Hale. Hale was a young minister from the nearby town of Beverly seen as a spiritual leader and an expert in the field of witchcraft. Who was called to the town of Salem after the local minister caught girls dancing leaving suspicions of witchcraft. Due to Hales higher education, he was slow to assumption and sought indisputable evidence before advocating for one idea or another. By observing the actions of Hale and those around him, one is able to observe many thematic lessons.
“There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name” (Hawthorne, 1835, 319). If he stayed out of the forest he would have still had his religion and seen the good in people and things while living on Earth. While inside the forest he became confused, lost, and doubtful over his life. Brown lost the innocence that he once had and gain new awareness to things that he once couldn’t see
What a lady… and no I did not just spoil the whole paper. Clara spent most of her early years helping out other people as much as they needed. She was always serving other people when they were in a time of need, but for one to know what to do, they must have some sort of calling or dream. Clara first found out how much she
The presence of good and evil can plague the mind, as people must come to grips with the reality of freedom of choice. In “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character and protagonist, Goodman Brown, goes through an experience where he realizes everyone must choose regularly between good and evil. Realizing that many people fail to follow a path of righteousness, Brown begins to question his own faith. Through a dream-like state, Goodman Brown is exposed to negative influences that challenge his Puritan beliefs and religious morals. Hawthorne uses specific language, metaphors, and vivid biblical allusions in the story that help demonstrate Brown’s struggle with accepting the fact that people he loved and trusted may have succumbed to evil.
1 In Hawthorne 's essay “Young Goodman Brown”, does it matter whether or not the protagonist, Goodman Brown, dreamt the events in the story? The idea and drive behind religious faith and belief is a concept consistently explored in Young Goodman Brown (YGB). The story explores Brown 's journey in a single night which inexplicably ends with a tarnished perspective on religious faith as portrayed by his fellow villagers. Brown himself grows to be disillusioned on faith but the events leading up to this shift however, is ambiguous at best, with the debate mostly centred towards the notion that Brown merely dreamt the events, resulting in an unfair and biased outcome in terms of his sentiment towards the villagers and his own belief.
“Night” is a memoir from Eli Wiesel. Elie writes about how the holocaust was a horrible period of punishment and torture for many who were disfavored, especially the Jews, and that one of these Jews was himself. He wrote “Night”, based on his life in the ghettos and extermination camps during the holocaust. All throughout the story he displayed many traits. Eli is very significant because he was able to live and tell about the holocaust. In the story “Night” Eli displays himself in three traits, Eli was devout at first, he also had fortitude, and thoughtful determination.
In this chapter the main characters of this novel was introduced. What was so intriguing to me is how the writer introduced Clara with a little mystery to keep me interested to unravel why Clara would glare up the road and sea. Another case would be the way she would fix her home the same way. Then the writer unraveled how her husband left her for another woman. I somehow started to gain an understanding as to why she was obsessed with the road and the sea.