The surrounding communities in southern Mexico refuse to harbor the priest because of the drastic repercussions from the police. The priest feels guilty about his pride in being an inadequate priest and a sinner, but has come to terms with the eternal damnation he will face in the afterlife. The physical and cultural settings in The Power and Glory guide the reader through an odyssey of one man's struggle to find meaning in the world, as it parallels the priest's internal perspective, and symbolizes his redemptive conversion and his final unconscious achievement of martyrdom. Ater the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican government established anti-Catholic laws against the churches. The government dismissed the Church's system of redemption, and became jealous of the Church's rising influence over society.
This vulnerability leads to a her moment of epiphany: "that people must live and die alone" (Anderson 120). Imprisoned in a life lacking in passion - spiritual and sexual - Reverend Curtis Hartman, in "The Strength of God," struggles to find his purpose in life. He wonders "if the flame of the spirit really burned in him" (Anderson 148). Breaking a sacred window satisfies his voyeuristic desires, but he remains in emotional turmoil. In the moment of epiphany, he smashes the window beyond repair with the revelation that his struggle was "a trial of my soul... in preparation for a new and more beautiful fervor of the spirit" (Anderson 155).
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In The Stranger the chaplain is sent to Meursault before he is faced with his death sentence to have him repent for his sins and change his religious beliefs, in other words, covert him to Christianity. However Meursault stands strong and tells him that he has nothing to repent, for he has not sinned. He does not belief in God and he believes that he is already receiving his punishment, there is no afterlife or higher judgment in Meursaults? beliefs. The chaplain is able to change Meursault?s mind, when he mentions ?how even the hardest of criminals stare at something at one pointing their lives and imagine a divine face in it?
However, the situation that Stephen becomes embroiled in when the priest unjustly "pandies" Stephen's hands seems to completely contradict all the dogma of the infallible Church that Dante preaches to Stephen throughout his early childhood. "The prefect of studies was a priest but that was cruel and unfair" (297). The situation that causes Stephen to doubt the priestly infallibility is not abstract or unrelated to Stephen's everyday life, such as the Parnell issue that causes Mr. Dedalus and Mr. Casey to doubt the church. Rather, the situation is of immediate... ... middle of paper ... ...n with his son, Icharus. To Stephen, creating that union means embracing his role as an artist, and pursuing it by creating beauty.
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