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The Tiger and The Lamb and The Lord of The Rings

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To understand “The Lamb” you must understand “The Tiger”, and vice versa. These two poems are unbelievably complicated when trying to search for a real deeper meaning. There is an immense amount of symbolism used throughout both poems, and many different things can be taken away about the author’s thoughts religion, nature, and the battle between good and evil in one’s mind. In the novel, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, there is a lot seemingly left up in the air about religion and the symbolism of nature, but when read the way the author intended, there are a few very strong themes that resemble those portrayed in “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”. Throughout the writings, the two authors portray nature in a way that allows it to symbolize their own personal thoughts and views on religion.
Religion and Nature are very closely connected, and in both writings, it is essential to understand this because nature is conveyed through religion in the poems, and religion is conveyed through nature in the novel. Nature’s connection with religion is shown in the very definition of nature as “a creative and controlling force in the universe” (Merriam Webster English Dictionary 2.a). It is very obvious what religion is: A belief of what created nature. So, if you can understand the religion or nature used in the writings, you can understand the meaning of the other.
When analyzing “The Tyger”, “The Lamb”, and The Lord of the Rings, it is important to understand the authors, so you can better understand their views on religion. William Blake, the author of the two poems, was baptized and raised a Christian in London. During his adult life he speculated on the corruption of the Church of England, and was eventually turned away from all organ...

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...son their writings are so closely similar is because they both mirror main characters and themes in the Bible. The portrayal of nature in both writings shows both individuals specific views on religion through symbolism of different pieces of nature, and leads to a better understanding of The Lord of the Rings, “The Lamb”, and “The Tyger”.

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