World Lit Essay

analytical Essay
1787 words
1787 words

When the Catholic church countered the Protestant reformation with skepticism, they did not suspect their own technique would be used to interrogate society. People no longer wanted to be spoon-fed decisions and beliefs, yet no one knew how to structure society or what could replace God's promised happiness in the afterlife. Enlightenment writers, such as Voltaire, thought society should be formatted on the basis of rationalism and common sense, faculties everyone owns and uses. Enlightenment critics like Swift and Rousseau undermined these ideals. To Swift, individual people needed changing because society functioned well, and Rousseau argued society corrupted children into miserable adults, because the world punished them just because it could. On top of varying views, the rise of the Industrial Revolution added another confusing factor. Man was no longer was dictated by nature, and became a creator in his own right. He developed new cities that held large population sizes, new terms to name those cities, new transportation systems, new power sources such as steam and coal (Montagna 1). Man no longer had to answer to God or Nature, just himself. During the Industrial Revolution, writers formed the Romantic movement to fight man's new freedom and turn society's focus on nature. The Romantic writers, however, did not recommend a single belief on how nature helped or saved man. Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, William Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations To Immortality, and William Blake's The Tyger display the varied responses Romantic writers had on the relationship between religion and nature.
Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, for this paper's intention, represents nature as a physical extension of ...

... middle of paper ... design creatures from Nature, but God is not the one given direct credit. It is as if the speaker does not want to question God's divine love for humans until they ask, "Did he smile his work to see?/ Did he who make the Lamb make thee?" (Blake 769). The speaker brings attention to the reader the creation of Good. Blake symbolizes Goodness as the meek, precious Lamb. The speaker wonders in doubtfulness why God would leave Good unprotected while moral ambiguity is so alluring. Why with all his infinite power would he wish his creatures harm and confusion? Blake does not attempt to provide answers for this moral ambiguity found in God's nature. Instead he keeps asking questions until they are seared into the reader's mind. Unlike Coleridge and Wordsworth, Blake allows the reader to come to a deep analysis by themselves without any direction from the writer.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the catholic church countered the protestant reformation with skepticism, but the romantic movement did not recommend a single belief on how nature helped or saved man.
  • Analyzes how coleridge's the rime of the ancient mariner represents nature as a physical extension of god.
  • Analyzes how the mariner is ungrateful and denies god's forgiveness when he shoots down the albatross.
  • Analyzes how the mariner finds beauty in nature in its most horrifying state, and learns the toxicity of his goal to escape his natural settings.
  • Analyzes how wordsworth uses catholic phrases, symbols and names to describe the child as the natural christ in ode: intimations of immortality.
  • Analyzes wordsworth's use of catholic religious terms to describe the child as a natural religious figure.
  • Analyzes how wordsworth ends the poem on a note of optimism for the adults. he believes the awareness of nature's immortal divinity makes life bearable.
  • Analyzes how blake questions god, unlike coleridge, who demands man to behave under god's expectations, but doesn't praise nature as a way of finding happiness like wordsworth.
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