Macbeth, in which is the brave soldier soon eagerly decides to follow the prophecy in which he becomes king. The themes constructed throughout this enduring drama that are relative to our everyday lives consist of: fate versus free will, ambition, and stress and mental illness show a connection between historic, and modern day time. Fate vs free will is a subject that is known to be controversial in today’s society. Individuals are often partial to one side more so than the other for this topic in particular. When people think about the term fate, they usually associate it with religion.
In Bless me, Ultima, Antonio is on the journey to discover what he believes and who he is supposed to be as a man. His experiences throughout the book make him question his beliefs and took away his innocence. The Golden Carp plays a considerable role in shaping Antonio's life both religiously and physically. Antonio is already confused about his identity, what he is supposed to be, a priest or a farmer, world of Ultima's magic versus religion, and the Golden Carp is a sign of yet one more root for his uncertainties and questions about Christianity. According to pagan myth, in IIano when the gods had turned the people into carp because the people irritated their gods, the king of the god who loved the people was very depressed (84).
First, the town reverend, Arthur Dimmesdale, is employed by Hawthorne to display the pressures that the strict rules of the colony have on its citizens. As a Religious Figure in his society, Dimmesdale is expect to follow the stern laws of Puritan Culture. However, he breaks these rules when he commits the sin impregnating Hester, causing the battle between his heart and religion to slowly tear apart his sole. This is significant to Hawthorne’s critique of Puritan Religion because Dimmesdale unable to express his true feeling due to his fear of public backlash. Hawthorne goes on to depict dimmesdale and the rest of the Puritans as, “stern and black-browed” (52), as they cannot truly express their inner beauty due to the standards of society.
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor evolves from the beginning, going from a liar, to telling the truth about his affair. His relationship with his wife, Elizabeth, goes from being distant and cold to hopeful. Proctor’s beliefs on god and religion also changed, from being a nonbeliever to trusting
These three individuals help depict what Goodman Brown’s future will be like on a faith basis with God. Goodman Brown is the person the story is about, and the old travelor is the devil himself who wants Goodman Brown to make the wrong choice and interrupt his strong faith in God. Faith is both the wife, and Goodman Brown’s spiritual faith. All in all, the two characters aside from Goodman Brown took part in determining his faith, and his life was never the same after that night through the
At this point, religion and politics were closely tied and by being the only ones to understand the bible, the church held monopoly-like rights to the ‘true’ interpre-tation of the bible. These rights were being challenged worldwide, and more notably by Mar-tin Luther. Due to the pressure the church received from individuals such as Luther, they had to secure their interpretation as the correct one. Therefore, it could be argued that plays such as Everyman were staged to portray rightful Christianity, now what is know as Catholicism. Peasants needed plays in order to worship God in the right manner, since they simply could not understand what was being preached at sermons.
Throughout the sonnet, the speaker reveals he is not a particularly loyal follower of God, he states that ‘I change in vows, and in devotion./As humorous is my contrition’ This reflects Donne’s personal feelings regarding his decision to change religion and suggests that the speaker views himself as being unreliable and a generally bad worshipper of his lord. This adds to the argument that the sonnets display a lack of religious assurance as in these lines the speakers lack of assurance about his own faith is obvious. This shows the reader that Donne’s speaker feels some justification for his inability to gain salvation as his faith is everchanging. The speaker goes on to talk of his ‘profane love’ which is ‘soon forgot’ when referring to how he feels about God. The idea that someone could have a love for God which could be described as profane is problematic and is an example of a Petrarchan paradox which is a literary technique often employed in sonnets.
She asks serious of question regarding England and Huck’s “job”. Themes: Irony Religion. Huck considers himself a rational human being who defies the existence of God or any other religion. However, in this scene, Huck contradicts ideology and repeatedly tell others that he goes to church on a daily basis. This scene is hilarious and ironic at the same time because he is constantly contradicting himself by claiming he is religious, but, in reality, he hates religion.
In Rudolfo Anaya’s portrayal of spiritual and mental growth in this novel Bless Me, Anaya shows a effective meaning as well as he gives a powerful challenge to Catholic religion and the Hispanic culture. He throws in all these of these questions that no one wants to answer because these questions are not really what people want to hear or they don’t know how to answer these questions. He lets these question and facts of religion shape him and let them influence his choices and his mind set. This will soon come into play with what makes him a person and what he decides for himself. II.
“The man who has everything figured out is a fool...it takes a smart fella to say, ‘I don’t know the answer’ ” (Lawrence and Lee 55). This quote was stated by Henry Drummond, a protagonist in the play Inherit the Wind, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The quote is ironic because Drummond is stating that although it is important to know the truth behind something, it is just as important to know when an individual is wrong. In the play, one learns how the surface of things never truly reveals how they really are. This is evident throughout the anecdote of Golden Dancer, Drummond’s beliefs on religion, and how religion is known to be compared to how Reverend Jeremiah Brown displayed it as.
Many who had a faith, had their relationship with God put through several trials and tribulations. Some relationships prevailed, and some failed, but the questioning was fundamental. As Moshe the Beadle says, “I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.” (pg 33) The Holocaust forced many people to ask horrible questions concerning their relationship with God, but the fact that one is asking the questions in the first place, still proves their faith. For example, once Wisel found himself in the concentration camps, he started to question God, and why he permit something as horrible as the Holocaust to occur. On page 33, he asks, “Why should I sanctify is name?...What was there to thank him for?” Elie starts to question why he should continue to have a relationship with God, because He had allowed a traumatic event, such as the Holocaust to exist, proving the relationship to be challenged.
Christianity can only have one God, therefore making Governments that force you to worship a king a tough place to thrive as a Christian. This is evident in the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The Government was forcing every citizen to worship a golden idol of the king, or risked being thrown into a furnace. The three men, being content in Christ, were thrown into the furnace; however God saved them all from the flames. This is amazing; for God used this to show the King his power and everyone in the kingdom believe in God afterwards.