In addition, literary criticism includes narrative criticism where the goal is to understand how each author wrote in order to produce a “desired effect on the reader” (Strauss 68). For instance, Mark was encouraging believers to stay strong under persecution by showing how Jesus endured the cross. Also, Luke includes so many outsiders—non-Jews, interacting with Jesus, which causes the reader to feel included in the Gospel story or to become one who includes those who have yet to meet Jesus. Additionally, literary criticism includes point of view; meaning, “The Gospel narrators always affirm the evaluative point of view of God, who is righteous and just and loving. By contrast, Satan and his demons are deceitful, evil, and destructive” (Strauss 70).
Moreover they thought that they gain the appreciation of God by being the missionary of Christianity and by helping the enlightenment of African-Americans’ religious pursuit. In conclusion, in the era of enslavement of the United States, the Bible and the religion were the one of the cover that Southern slave owners used to defend
O’Connor’s use of biblical allusions. O’Connor’s knowledge of Christianity allowed her to create parallels between the Bible and her literary works. O’Connor is remembered as a controversial writer whose grotesque literary works provide religious insights to readers today. As Jennifer Hurley, author of Readings on Flannery O 'Connor, states, “Catholicism was not simply O’Connor’s religion; it was the meaning of her life and the reason why she wrote” (19). Her writings are recognized for their Christian focus and violent elements, which are a source of both praise and criticism.
First will be the exploration Wheatley’s journey to America. Followed by her conversion to Christianity. Lastly, this essay will explore what Wheatley found to be most important, her race, and how it plays into her new found faith. Wheatley argues the significance that her race plays in her finding her Christian faith and how she and other people of color have souls that can be saved. Beginning with the title of the poem, it is clear that Wheatley wants her audience to understand the importance of having been brought to America, in a forceful way.
O’Connor supports her claim by discussing the moral behavior Mrs. Turpin believes Christians should exert, logical reasoning to exemplify why Mrs. Turpin’s character is racist, and emotional language to express how personal goodness is worth nothing if it is not purely for the love of God. The author’s overall purpose is to inform the readers to resist judging others based on their appearances, but rather make self reflections to better their own nature. O’Connor utilizes a candid tone in order to appeal to her audience 's sense of integrity. Due to O’Connor’s religious background as an avid Catholic, her religious references and themes are prevalent in many of her works. In this case, she discusses the moral character of a Christian woman and how the main character believes that her role as a religious woman makes her more pure and holy.
Christina Rossetti The sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Christina Rossetti’s work was influenced by the doctrines of this artistic movement. Her poetry is simple in rhyme scheme and choice of words, conveying the meaning of her poems to the reader with much clarity. The aforementioned characteristics of her poem do not take away from the vibrancy of her descriptions, as she used symbolism to help her paint vivid images in the minds of her audience. Adding to that, she was a devout Christian, and so her poems take on a highly religious, spiritual, and emotional theme, removed from material wealth and earthly possessions. Up-hill Published in 1861, this poem was interpreted as an allegorical conversation about life, death, and heaven between a traveller and a guide.
In the narrative Rowlandson writes, “but God was with me in a wonderful manner, carrying me along, and bearing up my spirit, that it did not quite fail.” (260). She is telling the readers that she believes that God is with her walking right beside her on this journey and that He is protecting her. Rowlandson likes to use words from the bible fluently throughout the narrative. In the beginning of the narrative you can tell that Rowlandson has a good relationship with God but by the end of her writing, her relationship with Him is outrageous. In the narrative Rowlandson says, “upon His wonderful power and might, in carrying of us through so many difficulties, in returning us in safety, and suffering non to hurt us.” (288).
Within the book Things Fall Apart, a chi was what a man and woman used as a personal god. To help further explain this, we can understand a chi by comparing it to a Christian concept that we are more familiar with. This concept is expressed as a guardian angel. Just as a guardian angel does, a chi would follow his or her person throughout their entire life and would either demonstrate compassion or vindictive conduct in relation to their person's life. It was said that if an individual were to say yes then their personal chi was saying yes as well.
Bernarda Alba’s devotion to Christianity makes her obsess with her daughters’ purity and reputation. Their entire life is molded to fit the Christian traditions, such as virginal chastity and marriage. The text analyses Bernarda’s motives and provides a logical explanation of her rules. It also examines symbolism in the play, allowing the reader to have a deeper understanding of how every detail plays a significant role. The essay dives into Bernarda’s beliefs and provides the root of her traditional views.
A Light bulb flashed in my mind. I just randomly opened the Bible two times, and God showed me two Bible verses that helped and encouraged me spiritually. I was so desperate-- I wanted to overcome the fear and depression. God gave me Romans 8:28 and Isaiah 41:10. In Romans 8:28 it said, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” In Isaiah 41:10 it said “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I could feel God’s voice-- soft and pleasant.
I chose St. Catherine because her story was inspiring. All of her time devoted to the Holy Trinity striked me and her determination of being God’s servant. St. Catherine just seemed so interesting to learn about her story. I hope to imitate St. Catherine by helping the sick and the helpless. I also hope to copy her devotion to God so I can grow closer to God and away from
“The God that holds you over the pit of hell… he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire...” Jonathan Edwards addressed in 1741, about 100 years after Anne Bradstreet published “To my Dear and Loving Husband”, making herself the first Puritan women to be writing poetry. Edwards and Bradstreet both wrote for the Puritan community about their religion, making an impact on the world in different ways. Bradstreet and Edwards both had have religious views and used their different styles and personalities to make their impact on the Puritan community. Although Bradstreet and Edwards both expressed their religious views in the Puritan community, they both spoke of religion in different ways then each other. Bradstreet
In her poem, she capitalizes the words Savior, Christians, and Cain, because her objective is to reach out to true Christians. By using bible text she displays an intelligent and well cultured voice, which she earns respect from her audience – in this case everyone. This short, but powerful poem about slavery amazed people, because it was considered unbelievable that a slave girl could write. Phillis Wheatley is all about change. She changed her country, her name, her religion, and her whole life.
In Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee, Lee gave an account to preach the gospel to change the world eternally. Her account of the gospel was published according to the Act of Congress in the year 1839, in the Office of the Clerk of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the author in Philadelphia, 1849. The connection with God and forgiveness within her soul created psychological effects on Lee’s personality. For example, Lee illustrated that she felt the power of the Holy Spirit, which influenced her subconscious thoughts to change immoral behavior and live peacefully. Lee idealized compassion, persuasion, and motivated other people in society to reunite with God.
Mrs. Taylor considered her strong Christian background an asset to her membership in a new religion and she used her extensive knowledge of the Bible as a means of teaching others about the Baha’i Faith. After many deep conversations with Eulalia, ‘Biggie’ also declared. Lillie recalls “Trudy was so sweet and I loved her dearly. She was a hard worker for the Faith – she did so much! She went into little places nobody knew about, would find people