Fear of God

The fear of God is a Biblical motif that is often used to convey a message. It comes from the Test of Abraham where Abraham is so dutiful towards God, that essentially, he is fearful of Him. It is not exclusive to the genres of romanticism, realism, or modernism, but something universal to represent the impact religion had on society. In the Scarlet Letter, Dimmesdale has ugliness in his heart that is physically represented by the scar on his chest. He does not let anyone know that he has sinned as well not only because of the fear of isolation, but the fear of what God will see him as. In The Great Gatsby there is little concern for religion and what is acceptable in the view of God. For instance, Gatsby always throws his parties on Sunday which is supposed to be the day that’s reserved for God. The fear of God is instilled Nick while they pass Dr. T.J. Eckleberg and his judgmental eyes. Throughout the story it is obvious that the Nick views Eckleberg as God and is worried that he is seeing all the corruption that is going on. In a genre where God is supposed to have little relevance, He is quite significant.



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1 Response to Fear of God

  1. jpoli11 says:

    I really like your interpretation of the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg as a symbol for God. Do you think this could possibly make a point that although people during this time period were drifting away from a belief in a higher power they still feared retaliation for their sins upon death or as karma during their life? Another analysis of a piece of literature from that time period could possibly reveal the answer to that question and confirm that there was a fear of God then.

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