Confession, Exploration and Comfort in Upon the Burning of Our House The theological concept of humankind’s inherent depravity created tension in the lives of seventeenth century New England Puritans. The Puritans believed that humans were born sinful and remained in this condition throughout life. This doctrine stressed self-discipline and introspection, through which the Puritan sought to determine whether particular spiritual strivings were genuine marks of true religiosity. God preordained election to heaven, and some Puritans would be saved through the righteousness of Jesus Christ despite their sins. There was no certainty in this life what eternal destiny awaited because the knowledge of who was elect was a divine mystery.
The stories conform so closely to one another that one must consider the possibility that Flannery O'Connor used the "Canterbury Tales," or more specifically the "Pardoner's Tale, as an outline for her own commentary about society's lack of genuine spirituality. Notably, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and the "Canterbury Tales" seek "to define the good man and good woman of their age within a Christian context" (Blythe & Sweet 1). The stories use a journey as a tool to determine and define a good man or woman. Pardoner's and O'Connors parties encounter death because of their avarice of treasure. The Pardoner's message "radix mal... ... middle of paper ... ...llection.
Marlene Lozano-Trinidad Lutrell AP Lang. and Comp. 15 October 2017 Driven To Apostasy Writer and member of the 1920’s literary movement, Langston Hughes, in his autobiographical essay, Salvation, elucidates the loss of innocence and faith due to the pressure of accepting a concept that he has yet to acknowledge. Hughes’ purpose is to describe his childhood experience of the burden to be saved by Jesus, resulting in his loss of faith. He adopts a solemn, yet disappointing tone to convey his childhood event and argues the unqualified religious pressure.
A promise demonstrates Nietzsche’s process of guilt formation from being indebted to someone and transforms into an unhealthy “active desire not to rid oneself, a desire for the continuance of something desired once” (BWE, 146). This very quote demonstrates how the combination of ressentiment and internalization both create a “bad conscience”, which through Christian doctrine prevents us from forgetting the debts we must repay to Jesus Christ and God. We dwell on these debts throughout our earthly lives, continually punishing and repressing ourselves because that is what we think we are supposed to do. Since we are so focused on earning our spot in heaven, we forget to live in the moment and be present. This in turn makes us suffer and leads to dissatisfaction and discontent with our lives.
The Middle Ages was a time of instability and corruption, which was when Dante Alighieri lived. Dante wrote about the horrible era because he wanted to show his hatred towards the current leaders. In the Inferno, he illustrates the unethical community vividly by the use of influential figures that disobey the laws. Additionally, Dante uses imagery in Hell that shows the connection between the Earthly sins and gruesome punishments that portray a vivid image emotionally attached to the church. Furthermore, Dante’s orthodoxy expresses mockery because the church did not always have a clear interpretation for the placement of a multiple sinner, thus exposing the inconsistent church.
The monster, though he confesses to his wrongdoing, asserts that readers are no better than he. Countless bible verses reiterate this concept: “For all have sinned,” (Romans 3:23) “[Humans] are all. .impure with sin,” (Isaiah 64:6). Gardner’s reminder to readers of mankind’s predisposition to sin earns pity for the monster. He expands on these sympathies by describing the nature of Grendel’s lonely existence.
Thus religion is heralded as a significant presence in the book, not just thematically, but structurally. Throughout The Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver uses her characters to represent forms of attitudes to Christianity. The primary expositor is Nathan, who sustains forceful, evangelical beliefs throughout. He has no voice of his own, but all accounts affirm to the reader that he is consumed by his faith. Leah, the daughter who harbours the most respect for her father, initially refers to him only in the context of religion – ‘his tone implied that…[Mother’s] concern with Better Crocker confederated her with the coin-jingling sinners who vexed Jesus till he pitched a fit and threw them out of church.’ She is describing the cleansing of the temple in John 2:13-22, but the fact that she can reference it freely, and even put it into her own words, demonstrates that she has been heavily influenced by the Bible.