O’Connor also carefully draws out her characters. O’Connor made the Grandmother a women so that any reader felt lower than and feel below in authority. The grandmother is shown as a pushy woman with characteristics of selfishness. These characteristics show when she insisted on going to the old house. When she realized that Bailey was not too keen on the idea, she made up a story about treasure to get the kid’s to help beg their dad.
At Lowood, Jane observes varied uses of religion. Two polar opposite scenarios are between Mr. Brocklehurst and Helen Burns. When Mr. Brocklehurst justifies students’ malnutrition by calling it “fortitude under temporary privation” (Bronte 62), his sanctimony becomes apparent, as shortly after his speech, his daughters arrive in “velvet, silk, and furs.” (Bronte 63) In contrast, Helen Burns incorporates the benevolent aspect of Christianity. Upon Jane asking Helen how Helen could endure the harsh treatment, Helen explains that she follows the word of the Lord, which says to “love your enemies” (Bronte 56) and to “bless them that curse you [the recipients]” (Bronte 56). These different interpretations suggest to Jane that people uses religion for their likening.
Hester Prynne is mother of Pearl whom she had through an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale. This was seen as a very serious sin in the Puritan town of Boston because they are known to go through life living by what is said in the Bible. The bible calls for adulterers to die which is why at the beginning of the book Hester is called to her death. 'Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear ' (1 Timothy
Thus, this paper intends to investigate how the Catholicism of Flannery O'Connor is visible in the characters, plot, and themes of Wise Blood. It is obvious that the explicit religious worldview is the main element of Wise Blood. When the author recognizes that most of the readers will disagree with her beliefs, and she might lose many of her audience, she decides to imbue comedy with religion in her writing. Also, she resorts to the grotesque in her fiction for the same reason. Margert Peller who examines Wise Blood as a "Christian commedia" points out that O.Connor's novel has many thematic parallels to the ancient drama .
Lying in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Lying is one of the most prominent themes used throughout Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There are three ways that lies are explored throughout the novel. First, the reader sympathizes with and accepts the lies told by Huckleberry Finn because he is the narrator. Second, Huck’s lies are similar to others he encounters; to protect themselves. Finally, Twain mirrors the flaws of his own self-centered 19th century society through the world of his fictional book.
She starts to fuse her views of the revolution to her religious ideology. “ It was funny to see how much Marx and God looked like each other. Though Marx’s hair was a bit curlier”(13). In the quote, Marjane is merging her perspective of her ministerial to her version of a dictative being. She isn’t doing this on purpose, the effect of the war is causing Marji to see people of a bad nature in a good light, she reads books like the Dialectic Materialism which stands in a biased viewpoint.
Say One Thing, Mean Another (The Use of Satire in Canterbury Tales) “Filth and old age, I’m sure you will agree are powerful wardens upon chastity”(Chaucer). Chaucer, the father of English literature wrote a tale called Canterbury Tales where he told a story about a religious journey. This tale is made up of many different stories by characters that Chaucer made up to prove a point. Chaucer doesn 't agree with a lot of things that are going on in his society so Chaucer uses satire. Which is the use of humor, or irony to expose people 's stupidity.
In one of the most compelling pieces of Christian mysticism, St. Teresa of Avila brings the reader on a journey through the seven mansions of her soul in which she titles as the Interior Castle. Teresa wrote this mystical text in 1577 as a guide to her fellow nuns in hopes to bring them closer to God through prayer as she has. As fascinating as the journey through the mansions of St. Teresa’s soul, what is even more interesting today is how Teresa continuously balances her own authority as a writer and expert on spiritual matters with her continuously insisting on her lack of knowledge on the subject of mysticism. For instance, in one case she states, “It may even be that everything I say is confused: that, at least is what I’m afraid of”. (52) It may be through this constant self-correction would undermine her project, however, it does not.
Huck Finn Satire Essay Author Mark Twain, in his novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, satirically criticizes the hypocrisy of nineteenth century America’s moral condition in their justification of slavery.The novel details Huck, a young boy, and his journey with a runaway slave, Jim and recounts their adventure. They encounter humorous situations and get into trouble along the way. Twain’s purpose is to ridicule the moral condition of Huck’s society in their rationalization of slavery and does so by employing satirical elements of pathos, absurdity and irony. Twain utilizes pathos by appealing to the reader’s emotions in his characterization of Jim. Jim is depicted as having good morals and Huck discovers this when Jim talks about his family.
However, in The Scarlet Letter, after Hester had committed her sin of adultery and received her punishment (the “A”), the women were anything but polite. If Hester was seen in public, her existence was shunned, she was criticized, yelled at, and things were even thrown at her. In the Bible, which the Puritans strictly followed, Jesus said to his followers, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Instead of being merciful and kind towards Hester, the women were scornful and could care less about her. To repent for her sin, Hester started to commit herself to serving the less fortunate of the society, such as the poor. Although Hester started to act in a completely selfless way, she still received the same amount of hatred she did years ago when she stood upon the scaffold and received her scarlet letter.
Puritans have shown that more often than not, they have the same philosophy regarding their religious views and moral values, but often tend to express them in different ways. Anne Bradstreet wrote a poem, “Here Follow Some Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666.” Her poem was about a personal experience where, although she had lost everything, including her home, she came to the realization that everything she had, came from God, all she had to do was to leave her troubles and worries in his hands. Jonathan Edwards wrote a sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. In this sermon, Jonathan voices his belief in a strongly way stating how people should conform to his idea of a Puritan lifestyle, otherwise the consequences of not being one would be Hell. Although both authors are trying to portray the same idea, they have very different ways of expressing
While both poets try to be optimistic about the death of their loved ones, Wheatley, the more religious poet of the two, emphasizes the importance of religion by using her almost artistic sculpting of descriptive adjectives and robust nouns such as “The glowing stars and silver queen of light/ At last must perish in the gloom of night” and in using this word choice, she shows how much weight her religion holds (19-20). As Wheatley praises her God and his doings in her poem, Bradstreet makes sure to underline how much her relationship with her husband and kids mean to her. “Look to my little babes, my dear remains./ And if thou love thyself, or loved’st me,/ These o protect from step Dames injury” closing her poem with the focus of protecting her children from any harm possible shows us, the reader, that Bradstreet is mainly concerned with the wellbeing of her children (20-22). Both poets explain the certainty of death to the recipient of the poem, but the difference is, Wheatley is faced with a death that has already happened, whereas Bradstreet is more pessimistic possibly because of her struggle with her religion. This pessimistic behavior can also be seen in the fact that a pregnant Bradstreet prepares her family for her death in a time where she should be elated to bring life onto the earth.