Both wanted to seek freedom. The different in between the two was the way they thought of Christianity. They both had strong beliefs in the way a Christian should live and act. Puritans set out to make the Religion stricter and more purity than before. While the Pilgrims thought it was too strict and wanted to let loose of some of things they felt was not necessary as a Christian.
The novel reflects this theme as Irving states, “Watch out for people who call themselves religious; make sure you know what they mean - make sure they know what they mean” (Irving 504). This quotation highlights different trivial religions. There are always differences between beliefs and individuals, even if they belong to the exact same branch of Christianity. When John thinks about Owen’s time on earth, he begins to wonder that God would not have let his own child die so young. This leads to other questions such as why Owen knew everything that he knew, and why he had such faith in a God that eventually let him die so young.
Here is where the Igbo and Christian religions differ. The Ibo believed in multiple of gods, whereas the Christians focus on one. They also disagree on the feelings towards their creator. Later into their conversation Mr. Brown says to Akunna, “You are afraid of Chukwu. In my religion Chukwu is a loving father and need not be feared by those who do his will” (Achebe 110).
Because she is not able to enjoy the benefits of being a citizen, she seeks equality through spirituality, but Mrs. Bellmont endeavors to strip Frado of that right as well. For instance, while at a church meeting, Frado discovers that her status as a mulatto cannot prevent her entry into Heaven, a place where whites and blacks are treated equally; however, Mrs. Bellmont attempts to prevent Frado’s religious devotion, further exemplifying Frado’s position as both a “free black” and a slave. Frado’s spirituality is representative of her life as both a citizen and as a social outcast because she has a right to worship, but that right is nearly taken away from her. Frado receives confirmation of her ability to reach Heaven when a pastor says, “‘Come to Christ...all, young or old, white or black, bond or free, come all to Christ…’” (Wilson 85). Frado tastes the freedom that accompanies citizenship when she realizes that she, like all other people, has the chance to enter Heaven.
Other critics go so far as to directly state that the essay was not feminist at all. English author, Vita Sackville-West, wrote a review published in Listener that said "Mrs. Woolf is too sensible to be a thorough-going feminist. There is no such thing as a masculinist, she seems to say, so why a feminist?... I hope all men will read this little book; it will do them good. I hope all women will read it; it will do them good, too" (as cited in McLaurin and Majumdar 258).
Feminism has been a prominent and controversial topic in writings for the past two centuries. In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre the main character, Jane Eyre, explores the depth at which women may act in society and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. As well, along with the notions of feminism often follow the subjects of class distinctions and boundaries.There is an ample amount of evidence to suggest that the tone of Jane Eyre is, in fact, a very feminist one and may well be thought as relevant to the women of today who feel they have been discriminated against because of their gender. At the beginning of the 19th Century, little opportunity existed for women, and thus many of them felt uncomfortable when attempting to enter many parts of society. The absence of advanced educational opportunities for women and their alienation from almost all fields of work gave them little option in life: either become a house wife or a governess.
It is the dialectic of good set in motion by their surrender to evil which shapes the destinies of Greene’s characters. In Brighton Rock, we get the impression that Greene is fascinated by his own religion but at the same time he hates it too, he has a sense of aversion for his own religion. Pinkie frequently alludes to his religion in the same tone as to sex. John Atkins in his book Graham Greens says: “I sometimes suspect that Greene joined the Catholic Church because it is the only respectable organization that is not beastly to tarts” (96). In Journey Without Maps, Greene says that he avoids those aspects of his Catholic religion which he does not like such as damnation.
Simon De Beauvoir suggests in The Second Sex that though institutional religion may be patriarchal, it is Christian principle that can free women from the tyranny of male power: She says : “A sincere faith is a great help to the little girl in avoiding in inferiority complex: she is neither male nor female , but God’s creature’ and ‘Woman is asked in the name of God, not so much to accept her inferiority as to believe that , thanks to Him, she is the equal of the lordly male.”(Beauvoir 633,592) Sex quality can be justified by theology and spiritual experience can provide compensation for the disappointments and inadequacies of relations with men as Beauvoir expresses in The Second Sex: “Many women, denied all human love even in their dreams, look to God for help… Love has been assigned to woman as her supreme Vocation, and when she directs it towards a man, she is seeking God In him; but if she is over-particular, she amy choose to adore divinity In the person of God Himself” (Beauvoir 592-679). Jennings admires the intimate relationship between female saints and God: “Teresa of Avila” finds her humility in the gentleness of her friendship with God….she can talk to God intimately.
LIT 106 – Final Assignment Representation of women in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen’s Emma Jane Austen - Emma Jane Austen as one of the most widely read writer in English literature voices her concern about 18th century gender roles throughout her novels. A woman choosing to write as a talent has been, in and of itself, a feminist act for the majority of literary history. Authorship was traditionally a male dominated field with few mentors for female writers. Austen continued to exchange the perils of appearing to be too independent or critical of her patriarchal culture while still declaring her own voice within the novels themselves. On the level of plot, Austen undermined her somewhat progressive themes by working
Lauren Newland Professor Fitzgerald English 1310 25 February 2018 The Feminist Agenda Often times when I tell people that I am a proud feminist, I get a variety of different looks – some are positive and others are negative, but I believe that is because most people have absolutely no clue as to what feminism is really about. Many people believe that feminism is no longer needed in society; after all, women can vote now, so what is the purpose of it in the twenty-first century? Feminism is still needed because some women are still paid less than men (and that is only white women, Hispanic and African-American women make even less than that), even after the United States passed the Equal Pay Act. Feminism is still needed because instead of teaching people not to view women as objects, we teach women how to prevent being raped. Feminism is often looked down upon because of the common misperceptions surrounding the word, such as, being a feminist means hating men, thinking only women can be feminists and that feminists are angry, “butch,” bra-burning, non-shaving, lesbians – those assumptions are incorrect because being a feminist, according to Lauren Jauregui, means being a person who believes in the political, social and economic equality of the sexes.