Religion & Science

Quotations and their analysis on the topic of Science and Religion for the context part of the exam.

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  • Religion & Science
    • PROSE
      • Tess
        • After the rape she walks outside alone surrounded by “a cloud of moral hobgoblins.”
          • Metaphor = she is being judged for having sinned
          • Judges are fictitious giving them an insubstantial air = Hardy believes they are wrong?
        • During her time in Flintecomb Ash (the sky is )“A white vacuity of countenance”
          • Emptiness = no God / any one watching over Tess
          • Hardy stresses his agnostic nature
      • Darwin, Conclusion
        • “Progress towards perfection”
          • Alliteration emphasising the religious belief that God made everything individually which was being doubted
          • Pro-science: plosive sounds to suggest action/firmness of belief
      • The Picture of Dorian Gray (end of Victorian era)
        • "Religion?" / "The fashionable substitute for belief"
          • Duchess Gladys asks and Lord Henry replies (series of frivolous answers)
          • Treats religion frivolously = declining deference
    • PLAY
      • AWoNI
        • Hester: ‘God’s only law is love’
          • Different view on God - more benevolent than judgemental
        • Lord Illingworth’s epigram: “every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future”
          • Even saints have bad pasts like sinners
          • Sinners can be saints in the future
            • Every person had done Bad, but it does not mean the Bad can't be Good.
              • Even saints have bad pasts like sinners
    • POETRY
      •   Arnold, Dover Beach
        • “The Sea of Faith / Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore” 
          • Mix of enjambment and caesura reflect the tide or doubt, metaphor for how the sea (like Faith) used to surround the Earth
        • “Where ignorant armies clash by night”
          • Metaphor conflict (literal/arguing over existence of God/relationships
      • Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam 
        • “An infant crying in the night: / An infant crying for the light: And with no language but a cry”
          • Parallel phrasing and metaphor of being an infant in the darkness of not knowing anything and crying out for faith
        • “Stood up and answer’d ‘I have felt’” 
          • Direct speech = reconnection with God and religion
  • “Progress towards perfection”
    • Alliteration emphasising the religious belief that God made everything individually which was being doubted
    • Pro-science: plosive sounds to suggest action/firmness of belief

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