Concerning trees specifically, at what point in the class reading have trees themselves screamed “Oppression!”? Provide at least two specific examples from past readings of trees expressing their disgust or anger toward the ignorance of mankind. a. In Messenger, Forest grew dangerous and hateful towards humans and forbade any to pass through alive until Matty cured it with his life. Additionally, the hobbits experienced the trees’ spite in the Old Forest at the hands of Old Man Willow.
Nevertheless, I don’t comprehend why Hawthorne established the idea of serpent next to his staff? These two ideas don’t relate to one another, but the author must have done it for a specific reason. In page 2 it says, “could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake.” Furthermore, I noticed the way Hawthorne described the road in the forest. He uses descriptive words in order to create a visual of the forest. In page 1 it says, “He taken a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest...narrow path creep through, and closed immediately behind.” The descriptive words the author establishes makes readers visualize the forest.
Exile often turns individuals into monsters. In Beowulf, the main example would be Grendel, a descendant of Cain. The poet claims that Grendel lives, “…in misery among the banished monsters, / Cain’s clan, whom the Creator had outlawed / and condemned as outcasts” (Heaney 105-107). Due to his ancestry, Grendel does not live with the other humans, but instead in the swamps outside of the Danes’ territory. His life causes him to feel miserable and he adopts a great hatred towards the Danes for celebrating every night in bliss.
“Gabriel had never seen such a look on John's face before; Satan, at that moment, stared out of John's eyes while the Spirit spoke.” Here, Gabriel sees Satan through the eyes of his son John, and believes it could be a warning. Gabriel understands his sins of the past, and will never be able to escape it. Also, what Florence says about her brother Gabriel, "Being a preacher ain't never stopped a nigger from doing his dirt." Gabriel thinks he is fooling the community by making them believe he is a honorable guy, because he is a preacher. But Florence is reminded that Gabriel is a human being, and human beings are liable to sin.
Yet when the first holy psalm is being sung, he cannot bring himself to do so and only remembers the sins he has done. Proving that he can not long follow Puritanism and may have joined the religion of Satanism while he was in the forest. In brief, Goodman Brown undergoes a religious revelation while in the forest and must choose between staying a Puritan or becoming a
In the short story, “The Interlopers”, Ulrich Von Gradwitz is patrolling his strip of forest, looking for Georg Znaeym, “Assuredly there was a disturbing element in the forest, and Ulrich could guess the quarter from whence it came” (pg. 362, para. 2). Ulrich finds Georg, and both have intentions to harm each other, “If only on this wild night, in this dark, lone spot, he might come across Georg Znaeym, man to man, with none to witness – that was the wish that was uppermost in his thoughts. And as he stepped round the trunk of a huge beech tree he came face to face with the man he sought” (pg.
Hawthorne uses symbolism throughout the story to explore moral and spiritual issues taking the character young Goodman Brown on a journey from innocence and faith to the dark side of distrust and evil. The elder (the devil) who carries the staff could be considered the leader in the story as he takes Brown into the woods in an attempt to lead him astray or away from faith and innocence. Young Goodman Brown makes the personal choice to go into the woods, which is an individual decision with consequences. This action led to his fall even if it was helped by the devil. In the beginning of the story, Young Goodman Brown describes his father and grandfather as being religious and having high moral character which indicates how his society values the traits.
In the beginning of The Scarlet Letter, the forest was negatively portrayed as an equivalent to hell. The townspeople never spoke of it, but it was a mutual understanding that it was filled with evil. The mysterious forest was the home of the Black Man, a symbol of Satan. In the Puritan mindset, the Black Man was evil and their pristine lifestyles struggled with allowing such darkness to be spoken in their lives. The geographic layout of the land had a deeper meaning than what meets the eye.
Mary Shelley’s purpose in her novel, Frankenstein, is to portray a desolate mood through the use of figurative language. The usage of personification mixed with imagery, “the bare trees waved their branches above me” creates a cold and lonely feel of the woods that emphasizes the creature’s struggle to be accepted in the world. It adds a sense of sorrow towards the creature as he continues to roam about with no life around him, since he is alone with the lifeless bare leafless trees. The creature then goes on to using a simile, “I, like the arch-fiend, bore a hell within me,” which portrays a sense of self-consciousness of the evil lurking within him ready to be unleashed. The creature knew he was capable of creating havoc and destruction,
Richard Dawins once wrote, “Nature is not cruel, only pitilessly indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous – indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.” (96) Because the universe is one big cosmic accident, there is no sense in looking for purpose. When milk is spilt on the floor, it doesn’t pour out a certain way on purpose; it’s simply gravity acting on mass because that’s what gravity does and that’s what mass does. So also, regardless of what purpose a person might think he has, he’s just mass doing what mass does when acted on by outside forces like