This is where—hanging here from this gallows …’” (65). This quote shows how Elie believed that the Nazis had killed his god, and how that god was no longer there to help him. In Inherit the Wind, the defending attorney, Henry Drummond, believed that the presence of religion in the town was moving the town backwards and not progressing with the times. This was most evident when Bertram Cates attempted to teach the theory of evolution in his classroom and was arrested for it. Cates and Drummond attempt the impossible: going against the word of God, and, consequently, everyone in the town of Hillsboro.
Literal Meaning and Fugitive Meaning: The poem is about a circle in hell which deals with ‘false shepherds’, meaning those who claim to aid and/or guide a group of people to ‘salvation’. This ‘salvation’ can be spiritual; as in the case with many cult members; or even members of various religions themselves Even in a more secular world, leaders of governments, politicians, even teachers can be ‘false shepherd’ who abuse their ‘flock’. However, their ultimate goal is not ‘salvation’ but it is some sort of benefit for themselves at the cost of their ‘flock’. They essential abuse their ‘flock’s’ trust and faith to achieve their own selfish goals and desires. This poem heavily leans on the religious side of this problem, specifically Christianity, as the poem talks about a circle in a Christian version of hell,
He was tempted to taste the knowledge fruits, but eventually averted his will. He also attempted to persuade Eve not to taste these fruits. At the end, however, God banished both of them from Heaven. In relation to Frankenstein, this means Frankenstein judged his monster, to which he was the blame, for deeds he did not do, regardless of the fact he himself was probably for the blame of most of them. Also, this means Frankenstein’s monster will adore Frankenstein no matter what happens, as he owes him his creation.
In the epic of Beowulf, the dragon symbolizes evil and death. Beowulf, subsequently defeating Grendel and Grendel’s mother, he decides to go after the monstrous dragon. Who both are evil characters in the story and their deaths are what the dragon represents. From a biblical point of view, it is almost as if the dragon represents the devil. The dragon ignited the Geats homes and land to ashes.
In the story, Grendel attacks the city and demolishes thirty soldiers who lay happily asleep. This symbolizes when a Christian loves God, he will be attacked by Satan. Satan will try every way that he can to divert you away from God, and that is exactly what Grendel did as well. “And sometimes they made vows to the old stone gods, made heathen vows, hoping for Hell’s support, the Devil’s guidance in driving their affliction off.” (Lines 90-93). These lines let us know that evil did prevail over these people.
Even though we see how the dragon and Grendel’s mother can control their Id, during desperate moments they become savage and headstrong, like how the dragon in lines 2312-2315 burns everything out in distress for his treasure. “The dragon began to belch out flames and burn bright homesteads; there was a hot glow That scared everyone, for the vile sky-winger Would leave nothing alive in his wake.” After all, I can say these creatures may represent distinct human behaviors towards different situations, and in a more profound view, they are vivid images of brain
I died for my country”(“John”). As his sister Asia wrote, “‘His feelings were ardent and impulsive; in a moment of devotion or enthusiasm he would grant or give anything he possessed.’ Booth’s strong feelings and his tendency to act impulsively would eventually lead him to commit murder.”(Otfinoski 10). John’s unbreakable determination led him to make the worst and last decisions of his life: kill the president and
He commits himself to the long journey that it will take to travel back to Heaven and hopefully gain revenge against God, who outcast him down to the depths of Hell. Many critics downplay the simple fact that Satan decided to set out on this epic journey, and discussions often arise about “when readers are so conscious of Satan’s absurdities that they forget his cunning and his power” (Steadman 253). Readers are so caught up in their past teaching and beliefs that Satan is inherently evil that they forget all of the basic traits of an epic hero that he legitimately
creation of the natural order Satan became vain about his beauty and position and his heart became rebellious against God Apparently he was able to secure a considerable following among the angels resulting in their expulsion from Heaven Since that day Satan devotes himself to opposing the work of God in every way possible and to attempting to destroy all of the good that God has created in the natural order He lucifer is allowed to continue this way for a period but will ultimately be confined to Hell for eternity so Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers against the authorities against the cosmic powers over this present
Denial of Faith Marlowe’s Faustus is the epitome of the backsliding Christian, except there’s no hope for reconciliation in Faustus’ story. His quest for knowledge, supposed to be full of fruitful deeds and mighty conquests, becomes one filled with foolish pranks and blasphemous actions. His knowledge in divinity does not seem to help him choose rationally between eternal damnation and salvation, nor does it sway him to deny Lucifer. Though Faustus shows us that he has knowledge of divinity and religious values, his ultimate condemnation to hell comes from his selfish desires and repudiation of Christian beliefs. Therefore, Faustus proves that not trusting in and straying away from God can corrupt the mind and behavior, which influences Christians
Enlil, a valiant god, has the need to destroy all mankind for the wrongdoers and transgressions, the same wish of the God of the Hebrews as well. The gods call the flood to come and destroy the entity of the world. Enlil destroys every living entity and leaves the land as bare of life. He sees Utanapishtim, and feels anger at the gods for sparing Utanapishtim’s life and the lives of his kin. Ea scolds Enlil for the irrational flood, for he could’ve sent wild beast, pestilence, famine, or have the wolves rise up and demolish the human race.