There is no reason for it, so many people turn to God, saying that evil was a form of punishment for sin. This brings up the questions; “What constitutes evil or the punishment of sin?” In addition to, “What is evil exactly?”. Evil is a phenomenon experienced as a result of society’s teachings; what behavior is okay or, in a religious sense, approved by God; people experience evil when they fail to meet the conventional definition of evil. People look for justification as to why evil exists in the world and often struggle to comprehend why innocent people suffer. People desire things to be explainable and the ability to see cause and effect.
He shows that they are all materialistic, using religion to trick people, and not honestly having the heart of a true believer. He wants to world to see the irony so he expresses it in his writings so that the world can see how the Roman Catholic Church is only a big
Dark black, red and indigo represent Joseph’s foreseeable wrath and dictatorial behaviour towards religious tenets. The intellectual post-apocalyptic novel The Chrysalids by John Wyndham mentions Alan Ervin, a minor character that causes tremendous havoc. Alan follows the rules set for Waknuk, blindly. He believes that the Norm in Waknuk is “The Will of God”. Ervin will harm abnormal people, to uphold his teachings.
However, true Christianity comes with knowing that we are and never will be perfect, but that God is strong in our weaknesses. Therefore, there is really no reason for the minister to be hiding behind his veil. Another example of irony in “The Minister’s Black Veil” comes with the initial reaction of the people. At first, they look at their own minister and the veil he is wearing in horror (Hawthorne 281). The community then proceeds to treat him as an outcast of society; nobody will talk to him, and everyone avoids him out of fear.
The Eyes are so secretive, that no one knows who is or isn't one. In addition, they are meant to spy on people, but to people living in Gilead they are seen as the eyes of the lord; based upon religious perspectives. When Offred was accompanied by Nick she was relieved, but also suspected him to be an Eye. Lastly, both governments believe the only way to achieve this control is through fear, explaining the strict rules and monitoring of the people. This is portrayed through both
They say that his dignity would be lost. People think that he was judged because of his religion. This could lead to the fear of losing his dignity. This is untrue because it does not matter what the world around us thinks, it only matters what God thinks. People also assume that with the hard life Charles was already living, it would be to mentally draining to live with the criticism of unbelievers.
One of the major themes clearly evident in the novel is the fear to accept and tolerate deviations (Wyndham, 1955). The superiors in the Waknuk society despise campaign for conformity in the sense that they discriminate and condemn mutation as they see it as an abomination towards the society’s rights and regulations. The people in authority assume that having more powers over other citizens automatically makes them right. The persons born with deviations are castigated and
“Common history has painted Annand her young peers as selfish, vicious fakers who fueled the witchcraft trials out of boredom or spite. This portrait, however, is somewhat flawed as it appears that in Ann’s case at least, the parents of the afflicted must have a strong influence with the child, as did the other adult accusers. Initially, Ann was fed names by her parents and minister”(-Minerdescent). The girls that were tricked into believing that the accused were guilty were most likely convinced that this was pious and that God wanted them to accuse the innocent. Or the girls might be influenced by their religion, reverends, and ministers.
She didn’t want her baby to die or to be sent to the Fringes but what she received from her sister was isolation (Wyndham 71). “So there has been a Deviation; and deviation, any deviation from the true image is blasphemy - no less. You have produced a defilement.” Due to the laws, people had to report to the governor if they see anyone or anything is deviation, so in Waknuk, discrimination is always happening. (Wyndham 72). Likely, this also shown the principles in Waknuk have blinded the people terribly, people always think it is the punishment from God toward them but actually it is not.