The character to do so in the story Candide is the philosopher, Martin. However, although he has a pessimistic personality, it gives also provides him with the gift of reason. His sense of reason shows when Candide says "Surely you must be possessed by the devil," and Martin replies "He is so deeply concerned in the affairs of this world," answered Martin, "that he may very well be in me, as well as in everybody else; but I own to you that when I cast an eye on this globe, or rather on this little ball, I cannot help thinking that God has abandoned it to some malignant being…” (Voltaire, 100) Martin not taking note of Candide’s sense of humor, replies with a serious speech, he ponders the whole meaning of what he says and gives them a wholehearted answer. Being possessed by the devil is simply not possible, Martin knows this for himself and shows it by responding to Candide with a logical approach. Another example of Martin’s pessimistic yet realistic ideas can be seen when Candide asks him “But for what end, then, has this world been formed?” Martin replies, “To plague us to death” With this answer, he manages to completely omit and positivity that might have been able to be included.
The word ‘unthinkable’ shows that it is unheard of and quite offensive for one to reject the existence of God, for rejecting God is like rejecting one’s own existence. It is widely known that God is the “creator” of all mankind, so God has put humans on earth with a purpose. However, Meursault denies the thought of life having true purpose. Camus, through the examining magistrate and the popular belief in God, demonstrates that individuals use God as a rational explanation for life and for human existence. By making Meursault an indifferent, atheist character, Camus is exposing
John Proctor defies the church by forgetting the adultery commandment, a major sin that is punishable by death. This causes tension between him and Judge Danforth who believes Proctor is guilty of adultery because of his affair with Abigail Williams. Danforth begins to conceive that Salem citizens can not only carry out sins and break away from the church, but from the government as well. This is perceived as a personal fear, but it’s the actions Danforth carries out that makes the fear spread among the community. He questions those who are convicted, and punishes them without a proper trial.
He has lost his way.” “My friends of Hillsboro, you know why I have come here. I have not come merely to prosecute a lawbreaker, an arrogant youth who has spoken out against the Revealed Word”. In this part of the book it shows how the people did not open up to this change because they thought darwinism was evil. Society is the one that trained them to think like this, that it is evil and the only correct religion was
When we ask ourselves who is at fault, we tend to ignore that most of the time it 's ours. We just assume that we were helping and making things better for ourselves or others. After reading the play the crucible by Arthur Miller, this topic seemed to really relate. The most responsible or at fault for causing hysteria in the Crucible would have to be Abigal Williams and Judge Danforth. The two are the most at fault for their falsehood, accusations, stubbornness, biasedness, and most of all the jealousy Abigal had for Elizabeth Proctor.
“Humble yourself or life will do it for you,” is a common quote used by many. This idea of being humble to avoid consequences applies well to the book Antigone by Sophocles. It shows how if one has too much pride, they will be humbled in one way or another. In Antigone, Creon had tunnel vision, not listening to anyone. His fatal flaw was hubris, ultimately leading to the downfall of him.
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.
I have been able to take some ideas or understanding from each theologian presented within chapter four, but the section in chapter six on process Theology was very bitter for me. Cobb as well as the other theologians within this area of process theology creates in me a belief that process theology is heresy! I say this because it seems as if they have rendered God as an inept babbling idiot with no control over a universe gone out of control topped off with their complete denial of Jesus Christ’s divinity is a hard pill to lump. This sounds like junk you would hear in an introduction to philosophy class taught at a secular university, not the collection of thoughts from men who have studied the sacred scripture. As the Apostle John said in 1 John 2:22-23 NASB “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ?
Verbal irony is when a writer or speaker says one thing, but really means something completely different. The first example is when Montresor says to Fortunato, “You are luckily met.” (page 288). In this statement, Montresor actually means that Fortunato is unlucky, because Montresor knows his fate. Another example is when Montresor says to Fortunato, “Your health is precious.” (page 289). This is ironic because his health is not precious to Montresor because he is going to kill Fortunato and doesn't care about his well being.
It shows that people tend to leave behind their moral faith to sin. One way or the other we all have a part of the devil in us, which is what Goodman Brown realizes. Goodman Brown sees the truth, and the truth can sometimes be considered a sin as well, so he is forced to question all morals and his faith, causing him to become a "a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man." He has left the world of innocence. Goodman