Joan of Arc a young woman condemned by a church that she sworn to faithfully follow, but is ultimately put to death under their power. In “Saint Joan” Shaw is attempting to show the madness of organized religion. When religion is left to the powers of men, who are unable to put their own agendas aside will led to horrible injustices. Even though Shaw's “Saint Joan” is a story of courage and heroism, in actuality its a story of the hypocrisy of religious fanatics who use their power for their own needs. Saint Joan is a reflection of how Bernard Shaw the writer of this play saw religion in general.
It isn't only about action but also about emotions, character, and moral habits. The virtues are Excellencies of character. Traditionally, they have been divided into two types: moral and nonmoral virtues. Moral ones being; honesty, benevolence, non-malevolence, fairness, kindness, conscientiousness and others like thatâ€¦ Nonmoral virtues being; courage, optimism, rationality, self-control, patience, endurance and so onâ€¦ The exact classification of various virtues is debatable. The nonmoral virtues generally are considered as contributing to the moral life but also as more easily expropriated for immoral purposes.
When evil conceives the good, most schemes are successful but each differently and its own way. Some could represent evil at an advanced diabolical scheme, but some may be as simple as a neighbor, classmate, someone in the community, or even worse; a friend. In the play Othello, the simple ancient, Iago is very successful at his influencing schemes. Iago provokes his evilness by retrieving trust and appear as an honest, loving person. Without the knowledge of the nature of good, Iago will not be successful in mastering schemes of nature of evil.
Bento's repulsion to be religiously devoted bluntly reveals the blemishes in the practical result of religion hidden underneath seemingly deep devotion. The tragedy of Santiago Nasar explores the other defects of religion, one that is present in the Church itself, and how failure to uphold moral standards in Church upsets the community. Of course the authors do not write solely to condemn religion, they also bring forth the concept that people must adjust their attitudes toward religion and then irrational, old values set by the past Church.
Though, his weak frame and sickly appearance only make his congregation think he is even more holy. The congregation accounts his ill visage to his “unreserved self-sacrifice to the labors and duties of the pastoral relation” (112). Yet behind closed doors, Dimmesdale would “[wield] the bloody scourge” and would hide his scarlet letter that he wore “imprinted in flesh” (268) from the public eye. The Puritan’s greatest sinner, is hidden behind lies and acts as the holiest and looked up to member in the
If the person yields their wrong doing does not necessarily make his or her pride “the only crime,” but the outcome of it as well. Society sees goodness of other by his or her actions, but can be blinded by what others tell them and believing them knowing what they know.
Goodman Brown unfortunately was blinded by the realization of sin and its existence in the human heart and chose to reject all of society and trust no one. The name of Goodman Brown and his wife Faith are clear symbolic elements. Goodman Brown stands for the naïve, immature young man who only sees the good in his fellowman, and has yet to be confronted with evil. Faith, Goodman Brown’s young wife stands for what Goodman Brown believes in. He sees his wife as all that is good and when he realizes that she too has made a pack with the devil he cries “my faith is gone…There is no good on earth.” This makes Brown a stern, sad and distrustful man.
A tarnished reputation is considered by some elders as an abomination to one’s self image. In the novel, Gaskell puts Molly’s reputation as a respectable young woman on the line by insinuating that she was behaving unfashionably with Mr. Preston. The society of women complied with replicated this God-like figure, which is impossible to achieve since no living human can reach this supreme stature. The novel manages to offer insight into the different characters while still addressing critical and social roles in a male oriented society.
Pope Nicholas III is symbolism of everything corrupt in this cantos. The symbolism of the Pope shows everything that is not of God within Catholicism. It convinces readers to stand against the Catholic Church as a corrupt society because it does not use its power to do the work of God, but rather uses its power to increase the wealth of oneself. As a symbolism of corruption, Dante places a pope amongst the simonist to condemn the Catholic Church as an entity for their acts aga... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh the same thing. The fear he exhibits makes readers feel pity towards him because he is innocent and it creates a negative view of the church and of the government in Florence.
Although he tried to live a double life of being a pastor and a man who is trying to keep his greatest sin a secret. He cannot come to terms to confessing his sin even if his guilt i... ... middle of paper ... ...ter.” (149). While Hester had to receive the penance of her actions and conquer it, Dimmesdale was still in hiding like the coward he presented himself as. He views Hester as the one that got the better end of the situation by saying “Happy are you, Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom! Mine burns in secret!” (167) Dimmesdale envies Hester’s letter because she has no need to hide form anyone and live in secret.