The main character, Steven in chapter three realized that he sinned against the almighty God and needed to repent, as the audience may recall to memory he became obsessed with his sexual desires and acted them out accordingly. The main character is taught by Catholicism to confess to the clergy when he had done something contrary to Gods law. Stephen realizes that he needs to get right in God’s eyes, knowing “what to do”, he gets over his own selfishness “His pride in his own sin,” (Portrait, Pg 73). So Stephen confesses to the preacher every sin that he had done including pre-martial sex and asks for forgiveness. The preacher then cautiously warns him that participating in this sin will take over his life. After this confession he found his “faith” and became a new man. “Sunday was dedicated to the mystery of the Holy Trinity, Monday to the Holy Ghost, Tuesday to the Guardian Angel…” (Portrait, pg103). As the story comes to a close, Stephen immediately jumped from being only concerned with himself, doin...
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...n cause a great downfall in one’s own faith ultimately leading to destruction. Organized religion is great thing to build faith but when it becomes your life then it can be harmful.
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