Dimmesdale, one of the most religious reverends within the town, had the ultimate life going for him: he was young, extremely attractive, and had a career that was beyond successful. Everything within his life and career was fairytale perfect, except for the black veil that secretly cloaked his soul: his affair with Hester Prynne. From the very start of the book, Dimmesdale proved his hypocritical actions by breaking one of the most prominent Puritan morals, maintaining a faithful and loyal relationship. Despite his sinful choice to fulfill his desire for lust and defy the morals that he stood for as a Reverend, Dimmesdale continued to deliver powerful sermons to his congregation, who only connected with him on a deeper spiritual level. The congregation even went to the extent of describing the sermons as, “...a freshness, and fragrance, and dewy purity of thought, which, as many people said, affected them like the speech of an angel”(Hawthorne 62).
To start, as is chronologically proper, Beowulf. In Christianity there is one core protagonist, God, who is impervious to all evil, this translates to Beowulf’s character, being nearly impeccable. Even in the main instance in which his hubris is exposed, the character, Unferth, who does such is quickly shunted and never returns. Unferth states: “For he always begrudged other men who might achieve more fame under heaven than he himself”(Roberts 27). This weak and unsustained attempt to stain Beowulf might at one point have been a much more substantial and an ongoing theme present throughout, if not for the story’s sequent evolution.
As said in the documents I read, the theme is "the fundamental and often universal idea of a literary artwork". One major theme that I have learned throughout this play is Intolerance. The society set in The Crucible is theocratic. That means that the church and the state are one. Their religion is very strict and they have, as quoted in a review document I took notes on, it is an "austere form of Protestantism known as Puritanism", and because of this type of society, they have status involved, and they have what other people think of them on the line.
Martin Luther ran from pilgrimage to pilgrimage, in a frenzy to rack up his good works points and wipe out his guilty debts, which eventually led to his “faith alone” epiphany. Repeatedly, he was told by his fellow monks to look to the cross, but was plagued knowing he could never do enough to be righteous, and stand before a righteous God, of his own merit. Luther’s pride is seen when he believed that he was the only one whose interpretation of Scripture was correct, and that his belief was enough to save him. Focuses way too much on himself to be of Christ. Enough about Luther, the original guilty Catholic.
Sinners in the hands of an Angry God is a Puritan writing. The Puritans believed in Puritism and believed that God is the everlasting savior that can do no wrong and we as humans are eternal sinners. Belief that few could truly reach heaven, and the rest were doomed to damnation made their lives a struggle with religious anxiety. The followers of Puritism did however know that the pen is mightier than the sword and wrote many stories of fiction, non-fiction, and autobiographies centered around self-reflection of oneself. Further into the stories there was much symbolism hidden in every sentence as the Puritans believed everything was a sign for God, for example if you got a papercut, God wants you to stop reading that book.
In the New Testament, the same statements about faith are there in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38. You got saved by your faith in Jesus, not by any good deeds or any written laws. As Christians we should live by the faith in Jesus. Martin Luther, the famous monk started his reformation through this verse. Luther was always guilty and very much aware of his sins, which made him fall short from Gods laws.
William Bradford’s diction differed from Smith due to the theological beliefs that guided his writing. Bradford’s uncomplicated diction emphasizes the puritan plain style of writing in the 1700s with concise sentence and simple vocabulary, “Two of these seven were Mr. William Brewster, their reverend Elder, and Myles Standish, the captain and military commander, unto whom myself and many others were much beholden in our low and sick condition”. (Bradford )Smith’s contrasting diction expresses a sophisticated account with brash vocabulary, “Then finding the Captain, as is said, that used the savage that was his guide as his shield, all the rest would not come near him.” (Smith) The native were
In the short story, “I said to myself, I am responsible to the country for this, and I must go along with him and protect the country against him as far as I can. In the article, “Well, sir, every one of them is a record of some shouting stupidity or other; and, taken together, they are proof that the very best thing in all this world that can befall a man is to be born lucky.” (328) This quote reveals that Reverend’s apparent aversion for the God seems controversial with his role as a clergyman. Through the whole story, readers can obviously feel the painful for the clergyman who has a deep resentment of God because he believes the god treats people unequally, and only lucky people can be successful. In the short story, readers can see that Scoresby and the clergyman joined the war together, but eventually Scoresby became a hero when the clergyman couldn’t accomplish anything in his lifetime. Therefore, his jealousy impels him to slander Scoresby to an immensely foolish person who made mistakes all the time.
Also, God has put a lot of wonderful things in my life as well, one of which being the determination for a wonderful job. Now I know I can do anything through Him, so the possibilities are endless. God will always bless me tremendously if I keep my faith in Him. Sometimes I just have to keep my head up, pray, and stay strong. I will always be strong, because I am a child of