However, he also uses these allusions to create a new side to his narrative as evident when he describes Hester’s resilience, and to create a new element in the plot as evident in his description of Dimmesdale’s penance and need for redemption. Therefore, Hawthorne demonstrates an effective use of allusions to craft a religious and detailed narrative for The Scarlet Letter by reviewing on parallels between the Bible and the novel’s main characters. There’s more to The Scarlet Letter than these allusions though, and there are many questions to answer about this book. These questions may never be answered fully, but by reading the novel itself, we might find the right places to start searching for answers and formulate our own opinions on the matter. What’s important from this novel is the realistic warning about what might happens when an individual place themselves too highly among others, a message Hawthorne writes to warn against the fervor of transcendentalism of his time.
For Example, as Paul speaks to his mother, he feels an incredible sadness due to the fact that it is no longer acceptable for him to show emotion: “Ah! Mother, Mother! You still think I am child- why can I not put my head in your lap and weep? Why have I always to be strong and self-controlled?” (183). Paul experiences this deep sorrow and depression because he feels that he has been completely robbed of his sentiment.
The preface of Lewis’s Mere Christianity sets forth his ideas and arguments. Lewis is trying to convince readers his argument is credible and trustworthy, he is trying to get readers to understand his positioning and he is trying to give a sense of clarity. The preface shows Lewis’ goals when writing this argument; it shows how Lewis wanted so badly to express Christian unity no
Dimmesdale was a devout Puritan, and because of how hard they were on themselves he believed that he can no longer live a life of happiness. His despair was inflicted upon him once he committed adultery with Hester Prynne and decided to keep it secret.“While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul…”(Hawthorne 117). The pain came from deep within Dimmesdale, and he believed that one sin can destroy his whole life. Puritanism is now looked upon as one of the hardest religions because of their strictness in their ways of life. They truly believed that if they sinned they would be looked at as if they were scum in the eyes of the church, and this was exactly how Dimmesdale saw himself.
[…] Praised be Thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar?” (67). Explicitly, Elie resents God for allowing him and his Jewish brothers and sisters to be tortured and murdered in gruesome and cruel ways. How could Elie possibly praise a God who condones the murder of children and mothers? He can’t which why he also says, “Some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray.
The poem implies that Maude had a sexual relationship out of wedlock with a man called Thomas which wouldn’t have been considered acceptable at the time of writing and publication. Thomas then proceeds to leave Maude for another woman by the name of Nell who is described as a ‘village maid’ which suggests that, unlike Maude, she was a virgin. Although the main themes of Maude Clare are that of the patriarchy and strong women, there is underlying elements of things being forbidden. The relationship that Maude and Thomas shared would’ve been considered, at the time, to be forbidden due to societal expectations in Victorian England. It was expected for women to remain chaste until marriage and those who did not comply with this expectation was dubbed a ‘fallen woman’, disregarded by society and deemed unsuitable for marriage.
Selfishness is portrayed as self-righteousness, pridefulness, greediness, indifference to faith, vanity, attention seeking, idolatry, and holding grudges. All of these build a picture of how broken humanity is. These descriptions also emphasize that idea that heaven and hell are different from each person. For example, the mother in chapter 11 lost her son prior to her own death. Her desperation and all-consuming love for him became a source of idolatry in her life, and thus, an unholy endeavor in her life.
Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland paints a picture of religion that faults its practice in early America. As a force of plot in the novel, it is blind faith in one’s religion that leads to both Elder Wieland and Theodore’s eventual demise, but as a more present force, Brown’s perspective on religion in the novel points to a distaste for enlightenment thinking based upon what happens to both Theordore and Elder Wieland. The novel begins by describing the strange circumstances that lead to Elder Wieland’s demise. Despite Clara’s young age at the time of the opening events, her descriptions as a narrator spare no expense in describing the peculiar, isolated actions which her father takes to practice his faith. Telling the reader that he had joined a sect of the Camissards in his faith, and that “His constructions of the text were hasty, and formed on a narrow scale” (Brown 10), Elder Wieland attempts and fails to become a missionary for his own faith.
God as an Artist Poems portray people’s stories by using metaphors, similes, rhetorical questions and different structures. In this specific poem, the author tries to share his opinion and thought of God creating the world. The reader might comprehend it as God is the creator of everything and he is an artist. In the poem, “From Preface to God’s Determination”, by Edward Taylor, he wrote multiple lines to show how God created what we have today. It is important to take time to understand the author, because he writes with purpose.
Through the use of diction, Henry appeals to the senses by making logical connections for the audience and by appealing to the audiences credibility. By doing this he the audience receives his message better because Henry captivates their attention. Henry utilizes figurative language in order to instill a sense of urgency in the audience. He wants the audience to also believe that a war with Great Britain is necessary. Henry connects the audience with their religion through rhetorical devices, such as allusions.