Religion In Elizabeth Browning's Sonnet 43, By Elizabeth Browning

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There are many authors who used religion as a way to either escape from what was happening in the world, or used that faith as a guiding factor to be able to survive a time that they thought they were all doomed. Starting in the Victorian Period there were many changes happening; science was being more predominant and new discoveries were made that scared a lot of people. Everything was moving so quickly that many felt they couldn’t keep up, so they used their faith as something that was constant to help them stay steady throughout this treacherous time. In the Twentieth Century more people were adjusted to the quicker way of life, but there were still issues such as war happening. The difference between the two time periods is that in the …show more content…
The sonnet is titled “43” but I will refer to it as “How do I love thee”. In this Sonnet she uses words such as, “Grace”, “Praise”, “faith”, “God”, and “Saints”(1148). She is directly connecting with her religion by using these focus words that connect to Christianity and the Bible. One life from the sonnet is, “I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.” (1148). In this line she is talking about how she prays every day which shows her devotion to God. She is writing about being close with God, and many people during this time period were searching for that closeness to escape the reality of the …show more content…
The difference lays in way the go about presenting this connection and whether that connection is with the positive or negative. In the Victorian Period the authors coped with the change of the world around them by writing about religion directly, and how important it is to their everyday life. They wanted to persuade people to realize that their religion didn’t need to change, even though the world around them was. In the Twentieth Century we see a shift towards authors using Religion almost as a scare tactic. They wrote about Hell and what would happen to those who didn’t believe and follow God. They also connected this negative outcome to the war that was happening at the time. It was almost as if they said because you believe in war and support war you will end up in Hell. Both time periods were about persuasion and making sure their point was coming across. They didn’t want their religion to change and wanted to find new ways to let readers know what they felt. I think many people are using similar tactics today with the controversy surrounding the current election. Many who are worried and afraid turn to God and remind others that God is who we follow and it doesn’t matter who is going to be president. This creates a sense of comfort and relief in a time of panic, which is what the authors during the Victorian time period and Twentieth Century

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