Based on Puritan ideology, it is clear which one of the sisters will "win," or have the figurative last word, but the conversation between the two brings up some realistic quandaries surrounding faith.
Flesh begins by asking her sister how she can subsist on contemplation and meditation alone. Flesh wonders if the lack of immediate results is crippling. She also tries to engage Spirit's attention by pointing out varied and wondrous material goods.
She extols the joy in honor, riches, precious stones — "enough of what you will. Richardson writes, "is not gross, detestable sensual, or mindless.
Spirit speaks next, and her words are far stronger. It is clear that the conflict between the two will never be reconciled. Spirit claims to spend her time thinking of things that lie beyond Flesh's mental capacity, and smugly declares that she will be the victor. Richardson notes "the crowning irony" in the second half of Spirit's monologue, which is that "Spirit describes Heaven in the very material terms she has just scorned.
Spirit asserts that the pursuit these things is not inherently wrong, but that she prefers the eternal versions. The City where Spirit will eventually dwell for eternity is free from "sickness and infirmity" and "darksome night," but Flesh cannot go there.
Spirit predictably "gets the last word" in the conversation between the two sisters, as it would have been unlikely that Bradstreet would have given the victory to Flesh. However, as with many of Bradstreet's poems, the questions surrounding religion are not necessarily straightforward.
It has made him love sin and hate God. God is only trying to frighten you. So on the subject of religion; when Christians hear of the conversion of any one, or of a remarkable revival of religoin; or of any thing else, that glorifies God; they manifest a readiness to believe it, because it so accords with their desires. Karolina Pavlova. This may be contrasted with the traditional belief, expressed in the theological doctrines of Original Sin and the real existence of the Devil, that human nature had a permanent, unchanging essence, and that man is partly corrupt as well as limited in his potential. Here we are shown how sin entered the world, together with its present effects and dire consequences. Since men died prior to the Sinaitic transaction, there must be some other reason and ground for their exposure to death.
Jim Wohlpart writes:. Like many Puritan texts, [the poem] describes the internal, psychological struggle that existed because of the Puritan belief in total depravity.
In the poem Anne Bradstreet discusses the themes of death and Solace, or relief from pain. How and why does the speaker relate these two concepts?
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