The critic from library.thinkquest.org is correct in saying that "...the witches did not actually do anything to make Macbeth kill the king. They tempted him, but it was his own ambition that leads him to commit the crime." Although Macbeth's temptation started with the words of witches'; the true cause of his downfall was from his inner struggle, as well as greed and ambition. Macbeth chose to believe he was cursed by fate. In terms of the fate and magical aspect of the play, solid evidence is missing that says that the witches play a part in any kind of magic or fate altering aspects.
Hawthorne’s Hypocrisy Write a response that considers the story as a criticism of the village’s hypocrisy. Goodman Brown, of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1835 short story “Young Goodman Brown”, struggles with new found information he has observed about his community. This short story reveals an incredible amount of hypocrisy found in Brown’s village of Salem. The village people (specifically Goody Close, the minister, Deacon Gookin, Faith, and the old man) claim to have Christian moral standards, but their behavior contradicts said morals. Goodman Brown departs on a trip through the woods, and he tells his new wife, Faith, that he will not be gone for long.
He knows he is heading down a road, which will leave him scarred for life. Brown meets the devil in the forest. He tells the devil “Faith kept me back a while”. This is Brown’s way of holding on to this premature faith a little longer before he sells his soul to the devil. “As nearly as could be discerned, the second traveller was about fifty years old, apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown, and bearing a considerable resemblance to him, though perhaps more in expression than features.” This line from the story proves that Brown was relating to the devil in his dream.
Sometimes lies need to be told in order to protect people, is this view point justified or is it just an excuse? I bet that when everyone was a student, the teacher will tell you not to lie. So basically, in the point of view of an educated human, the statement “Sometimes lies need to be told in order to protect people” is it just an excuse. As a Christian, I think that this statement is not justified, it is just an excuse. According to the Online Oxford Dictionary, the definition of “lie” is an intentionally false statement.
Harry Potter has been subject to attacks by religious radicals and it has gone as far as being banned from school, states, and countries. There is much controversy with the subject of religion when it is combined with Harry Potter but despite the thoughts of critics, did Rowling include religious references? Harry Potter has caused quite an uproar in the past and even the present due to so-called “dangers” that it causes for children. Witchcraft has been thought to be an abomination to the Lord and therefore the subject of witchcraft and wizardry has been given a negative connotation within religious practices. According to Deborah J. Taub and Heather L. Servaty, “most religious objections to the magic in the Harry Potter books are based on various passages of scripture, most commonly Deuteronomy 18: 9-12” (Taub and Servaty 54).
How does Dickens create tension in the opening scene of his novel ‘Great Expectations’ The opening pages of any novel have certain features in common. The main charecters and the setting are usually introduced here. Although the most important part is the cliffhanger as this leaves the reader wanting to read more. The vocabulary which was used built up the tension, also when the author (Charles Dickens) wrote, “As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them.” It is the thought of them him being in a graveyard alone with no parents. People are afraid of graveyards because of the depressing thought that people who have died are buried there, and that the you will die one day.
Throughout his journey, Goodman Brown discovers that even highly observed people of Salem are vulnerable to the forces of darkness. The main theme of “Young Goodman Brown” is the realization that evil can touch people who seem perfectly respectable. Young Goodman Brown's illusions about the purity of his society are destroyed when he discovers that many of his townspeople, including religious leaders and his wife, Faith, are attending a “witch-meeting.” Young Goodman Brown set out on his journey with the strong belief that his faith was firm and would allow him to overcome even the most tempting urges of the devil. As Young Goodman Brown and the devil walked along the path, they encountered his old catechism teacher, Goody Cloyse. It is eventually revealed that she is heading to the witch meeting in the middle of the forest.
My reasoning for thinking this is because in the end it is shown that it was only a dream that Brown has when he falls asleep in the forest. The priest and other figures in the church were seen by Brown in his dream. So, not only was Faith infected or taken but also high figures in the church. Young Goodman Brown also plays an important role because within his name it states that he is a young, good man, which is ironic because he even gets infected. He lets the evil into his head and clouds his vision of others.
Did Abraham lose sight of God's blessing and promise? Another possibility is that God allowed these incidents to happen in order that His name may be feared among unbelievers. Also, Abraham gained thru these encounters, despite his untruthfulness. It is an important lesson to all leaders that despite our weaknesses, God is able to work out His plan. Another example of Abraham's weakness is listening to Sarah's advice that he lay with Hagar in
The character I have chosen to write about is Reverend John Hale. Reverend John Hale is a young and intelligent minister sent to Salem in order to investigate the uprising of witchcraft which has been offset in the town. John Hale is very knowledgeable and is very well learned in the topic of the devil and his witchcraft. In the beginning of the play John believes that all of the trouble in Salem is being caused by the devil John Hale then grows further throughout the play and sees that the girls had really lied to everyone in order to protect themselves. When John Hale arrives in Salem a sense of hysteria awakens in town.