O’Connor may have wanted readers to conclude that the only person Mrs.Turpin wants to judge her is Jesus himself. This concept can be linked to the Catholic belief that Jesus is the only who can truly judge us and our actions. Readers feel sympathy for Mrs.Turpin when they learn of the aftermath of the vicious attack. Her injuries are described as “two little moon-shaped lines [...] indented over her windpipe [with] the beginning of an angry red swelling above her eye” (Meyer 461). After learning how close she was to being choked to death, the reader is shocked by how
O 'Connor presents both the view of the Misfit as a fellow human being in pain, and the feeling of love for him, as a gift from God. The grandmother as a human being, is prone towards evil and selfishness, so she could never have come to feel such love without God 's help, as this man was going to kill her. This moment of grace is incredibly important in the story. The Misfit kills the grandmother, withdrawing from her and what seems foreign to him (human compassion), but the grandmother already had her moment of redemption. The grandmother grew in that moment of death more than she ever did in the little parts that we read about her life, and she dies in peace.
Look at her God-given innocence; her soul is so tender; we must protect her, Tituba; the Devil is out and preying on her like a beast upon the mesh of the pure lamb. God will bless you for your help¨. Before this moment, Hale is talking to some ¨children¨ and is very rash about everything that is spoken by them and believed word for word. Hale being naive and very passive, he did not know how to control the situation at hand. Being naive and gullible trapped Hale from being able to rationalize and how later in the play, the hysteria of witches within the town would later convict innocent people to their death.
Hucks guardians, Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, practice Christianity. Huck and Jim on the other hand, believe in superstition: they look for signs for answers rather than God. They look for bad signs in everything; if anything bad happened to them they 're sure to have a sign that was leading to it. Though their superstitions are silly, they do have reason to believe bad things will happen to them: they live in a world where nature is dangerous and people act with hatred. Huck has a realization that the Christian “good’’ isn 't really “good”; they believe Huck will be condemned to hell for saving Jim from slavery.
This meant that eventually, all sinners would be punished by God, which could be at any time. Edwards speaks of a wrathfull God, a God who by Puritan standards is considered forgiving for not letting all of humanity fall into the deepest pits of hell. Edwards reminds people that mankind is nothing compared to God and that that all of humankind is guilty and deserves to be punished. This appears similar to Bradstreet’s poem, but there are some
To fail, in faith, we must first succeed in doubt and fear. For Wormwood and Screwtape to succeed in their victim falling from faith they must first feed him full of fear and doubt. Throughout the Screwtape Letters, both demons try to bring their subject to worship their father by practicing tactics that lead and misdirect their human to fall from his faith in Christianity. Fear, doubt, and insecurity are the first and foremost tools of misdirection that Screwtape tries to employ Wormwood to exploit. “The immediate fear and suffering of the humans is a legitimate and pleasing refreshment for our myriads of toiling workers”.
Due to the fact that Dimmesdale and Hester could not even ignore their initial attraction, the passion that carries throughout their relationship is undeniable. The love they posses for one another only grows stronger as their community and religion constantly reiterates how the should not be together. Not only having admiration for one other, once their child come into the world, they both carry intense amounts of devotion towards keeping it safe. Though Dimmesdale is scared to admit, it is adamant to readers that he cares for her even more so than himself. As Pearl faces the same shame as her parents, such as being called “an imp of evil, emblem and product of sin" (Hawthorne, 129), her need for care and attention grows larger.
Hawthorne wanted his readers to understand that two people who have sinned can seek forgiveness and receive it. Throughout the story many stereotypes are expressed and Hawthorne used the listed stereotypes to express the idea that all people, both pure of heart and evil of soul, commit sins. When Hester, a beautiful, young woman and Dimmesdale a minister have an affair, thus committing a sin, they both provide an example of a cliche that good people make poor decisions. Hawthorne used Hester and Dimmesdale as stereotypes to prove that all people, no matter the morale or disposition, commit
For many, family is not only a blessing, but our greatest accomplishment. We are proud of the love we give and receive, for our children and the habits, emotional responses, obligations and values that we teach them. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is no different and the importance of his family is demonstrated as he weeps tears of sadness in their absence and rejects Calypso’s offer of immortality in exchange for his companionship. “‘My lady goddess, here is no cause for anger. My quiet Penelope—how well I know—would seem a shade before your majesty, death
God’s Amazing Grace God loves all humankind, even the sinners. His love is so great that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to suffer and be crucified on the cross to saves us all from sin. It is through His amazing grace that sinners are forgiven of their sins and are able to live eternally in the Kingdom of God. These Christian principles are what Flannery O 'Connor uses as the main subject in many of her stories. In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” “Redemption’” and “Parker’s Back,” O’Connor uses the theme of salvation to show how God’s love and forgiveness are available to people in everyday life.
St. Catherine was deeply devoted to the Holy Catholic Church and displayed it throughout her life. Catherine demonstrated love for Christ by helping the poor and those with ailments. Two virtues that stand out in St. Catherine are strength and humility. She was a humble individual and yet told even the most important and influential people to correct their lives. She was loved by Jesus and espoused to him, but she had many enemies who treated her terribly.
To righteous puritan mothers the path of god was a must for their children. Mothers with this unique spiritual ferocity who gave more importance to their children’s salvation than to their physical lives, were exhibiting the highest form of human love a Puritan could imagine
For the vast majority of the public, the Grandmother in Flannery O’Conner’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find may seem, by all accounts, to be dissimilar in relation to the Misfit, yet in this exposition, their characters will be comparable in their religious thoughts and principles. The Grandmother is a character quite striking on her own, and O’Conner’s is able to bring her more to life with the characters that she writes to interact with the Grandmother. She is a mother, a religious woman, who is not afraid to speak her mind. She holds high standards for her family, calling out her son for wanting to take them down to Florida where the Misfit has been known to be, she is critical of her daughter-in-law, and even her own grandchildren she chastises. However, while she holds high standards for them, she herself is at fault for sneakily hiding the cat in the car, which is the catalyst for the car accident.
-“I found god in myself & I loved her/ I loved her fiercely”(63) This quote is so strong because it means so much because people would think she found like God but she was symbolizing how she found herself, and she loved her. I find it even stronger because the lady in red was always looking for love in all the wrong places, but she had to learn to love herself before she could allow herself to love someone else. 2.
Although she thinks of herself as a refined, conscientious woman who is a good judge of character, her family sees her as she really is: easily offended, manipulative, dishonest and at loath to admit fault. In the beginning of the story, she tries to scare her family into staying away from Florida by talking about The Misfit. Her idea doesn’t work because her son and daughter-in-law are already very familiar with her manipulative ways of persuasion and just ignore her. She takes offense when her grandchildren don’t act “respectful of their native states” (35) or when June Star insults Red Sammy’s wife. In other words, when the children act like children.