‘Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu’s son has done’ ” (91). Eliezer still believes in God, but his whole perception of reality has changed. He recognizes that this is not the same God he used to worship. However, even in his darkest moments, his faith in God could not escape him. Through his haunting tale, Elie Wiesel unveils his tumultuous relationship with God.
I went up to God and shouted “If you really exist, if you really love me, try to change me” I was assured that even God would not change me. However, God planned to change me through my parents. One day, out of nowhere my parents told me “The Bible is the only solution to life problems”. I was shocked. A Light bulb flashed in my mind.
In Chinua Achebe novel, Things Fall Apart Nwoye a young man under Okonkwo’s responsibility is affected positively by the introduction of western ideas into the Ibo culture. This being said Nwoye has found a passion for being apart of a religion not known by any local in Igbo called Christianity, to some it was a blessing and to others a disgrace. To Okonkwo he feels that anybody who converts to Christianity is a disgrace to their village. And how surprising is it that his own son converts to a Christian. And in his conversion he tries to escape his strict culture and find out who he is as a person.
Throughout the novel Wise Blood by Flannery O'connor her main focus is religion. In the novel the protagonist Hazel Motes tries to deny the inevitable. "Two things I can't stand," Haze said, "-a man that ain't true and one that mocks what is." This quote means that even though hazel motes preaches to a type of antichrist church he still doesn't like it when someone pretends to be a preacher to make some money. This matters because hazel motes kills solace to prove his point that if you don't believe in christ you aren't a sinner.
She takes Harry to a priest who is a life saver “Bevel”. Bevel is a tool used in carpentry and Jesus himself is a carpenter, we know that Bevel is a tool for god which is a use of biblical allusion. In Harry’s gullible, youthful, curiosity, attaching to the emotional connection to his baby sister and the priest longing for the hope and truth. He is given a youth book for learning the ideology of the religion Christianity. He is taught the holy ceremony of baptism and how it changes the person’s connection with the holy spirit.
In Viramontes’ novel Under the Feet of Jesus, the author composes symbolic representations about the daily life of a migrant worker. Symbols used throughout the novel was the barn as a figure to represent a church, Petra’s statue of Jesus that symbolized her faith in Christianity and the baby doll with no mouth that represented the views on silence. The author uses symbolism to get her message across on how the difficulties of migrant workers. The symbols, the barn, Jesus statue, and the baby with no mouth represent the migrant workers’ stance on faith. In the novel, the image of a barn is one that is used repeatedly to introduce new concepts in Estrella’s life, symbolizing her discovery of a new sense of self and voice.
John Proctor shows that very clearly in Act Four when he is signing his confession. He was going to confess until Danforth wanted him to sign his name on a confession that they would post up on the church doors. Proctor cries that he does not want his name to be ruined (The Crucible, 143) and proceeds to rip up his confession saying "I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor" (The Crucible, 144), meaning that he was keeping his "rightful status" by refusing to sign lies. This also makes John Proctor a modern day tragic hero described by Arthur Miller in "Tragedy and the Common Man". John Proctor's affair with Abigail, the "fateful wound" that led to the Salem witch trials in 1692 and his tragic downfall is the first characteristic which makes Proctor a tragic hero.
Not only did he state that his abolitionism was identical to God’s law, but he defied all social norms and directly went after churches, repeating that the ones who advocate for slavery are atheistical, and Christians who believe that one man may be enslaved by another are believers of the devil. I was awed. We all were. I quickly renounced all my previous personal connection to the possibility of atheism and my faith was fast renewed. It was as if I was a child again, learning about the Bible from my parents in secrecy.
Hughes tells the reader he began to feel ashamed as he was the last child left. Hughes begins to examine the situation as it is unfolding. It is known to him that Westley lied about seeing Jesus because he was tired of sitting there. Hughes wondered after that why God himself has “not struck Westley dead” for lying. After examining all these events that occurred during the revival, he realises he will not see anything and should lie as well.
Early on in the novel, Twain makes a mockery of how impractical religion is. Expressed through the eyes of Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry Finn defiantly disagrees with Miss Watson and Widow Douglas about the concepts of religion. He actively scoffs at Widow Douglas’ devotion to God for “she got out her book and learned [Huck] about Moses … but by-and-by she let out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then [Huck] didn’t care no more about him; because [Huck] don’t take no stock in dead people” (2). Huck Finn’s pragmatism takes Widow Douglas’ pious teachings and throws them out the window. In fact, he completely disregards and does not even consider the potential benefits of what