He enlightens us on the fact yes, many of us truly do seek God, but we are oftentimes clouded by our own thoughts and desires. As soon as man begins to look for the truth and look for the good in God’s grace, we have ambitious intentions, such as to further our own wisdom. Is it truly an evil to further our own wisdom? This is one thing that comes to mind when dealing with this article for me. For every reason we seek god though, it in someway has a selfish reasoning behind it, even if not harmful intent.
What is the reasoning behind our difficulties and obstacles we encounter in our lifetime? How can life become bliss and serene? Although many questions derive from such a blunt sentence, the universal question that the author was trying to instill while reading this book was what prevents us from achieving our full potential as human beings? What keeps us from solving our emotional, spiritual, and psychological problems? Scott M. Peck believes that the conceptual ideas of discipline, love, growth and religion, and finally grace all bind together to provide the answers to these questions.
By utilizing this technique, the audience does not see the characters as individuals. McCarthy chooses to leave the characters nameless for a few reasons, one being that this approach still shows the random good interspersed with the bad throughout the ruined planet, although it is difficult to tell who they are. Also, if viewed from a religious perspective, the boy and his father represent Jesus and God. In the Bible, Jesus and God are considered pure among sinners. Put into the perspective of the post-apocalyptic world of McCarthy, though, nobody is able to be able to survive without committing sin, so the next best option is to abide by morals and fair-minded actions.
It never made sense to me that God would allow suffering and heartache, but no matter what I found, the question remained. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that maybe I needed to search myself, so I began hunting for my solution. I finally realized that God, apparently, does not want the bad that exists, but he allows us to make our own decisions, which leads to the problems that seems to protrude from every corner of the earth. Although that gave relief to my question that always seemed to linger, it did not, however, subside remaining
I am the First and the La... ... middle of paper ... ...Quest for God” within the pages of the novel. I trust McCarthy is trying to tell us to change our ways and live by the rubrics God gave us or face the consequences of our exploits. The author himself is querying if there is or is there not a God, therefore he sent the characters of this novel on a quest of their own. When the author himself is throwing out the query throughout the novel how can you not believe there is a search for God. Works Cited McCarthy, Cormac.
Throughout the novella, the reader sees a Jesus that is analogous to all other humans and a Jesus that is in contradictory to the universal Jesus everyone knows. Since the depiction of Christ contravenes the traditional tenets in the bible, then the novella must be blasphemous. Reviving from his execution, Jesus no longer cares about his former mission and the life of the gospel, except that he feels he overstressed the giving of love. The messiah no longer desires to exist in a life for others, as it led not to eternal life rather to his execution, but desires a life of his own: “The teacher and the savior are dead in me; now I can go about my own business, into my own single life” (23). Throughout the bible, Jesus is portrayed as a teacher guiding the people to salvation, distinguishing munificence from malevolence.
The interpretation, then, would be of two men (mankind as a whole) waiting for something (salvation or proof) that will never come. (Every day, a messenger says that Godot will come tomorrow for certain.) This message is very appropriate when considering the play's existentialist aspects.Interestingly, Vladimir and Estragon deny that they know Godot when Pozzo asks them. Keeping with the religious theme, this is parallel to Peter's denial of Jesus.Another interpretation is that Pozzo is God, and Lucky is mankind. Perhaps Pozzo is really Godot, as he was mistaken for Godot, or maybe Pozzo is just there as a deception.
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This idea of chance in a human life is captured in the references to the Bible that appear in the play, more exactly when Vladimir reminds of the parable of the two thieves from the Bible: " One of the thieves was saved. It's a reasonable percentage.”. In this way, he draws the attention of the reader upon how our fate is determined. More than that, even the Bible itself reduces our existence to a simple matter of fortune and chance and the person is powerless to change the decision. The entire play represents a silent request of all humanity for answers, for meaning, answers that never come from God ( Godot), picturing a divine power which is absent.