God’s Wrath Towards Those Who Have Sinned

God’s wrath acts as a biblical motif throughout the Bible as well as American Literature. First of all, many portray God as quite forgiving and one who does not severely punish for sinful actions; however, when reading the Bible and other stories from American literature, it becomes evident that God actually does punish sins and is not so merciful. One key example of God’s wrath in the Bible is shown through Noah’s Ark and the great flood that God created to wipe out all of human existence, as they had become corrupt and God wanted to show no mercy towards these sinners. The Bible states, “And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth”(American Standard Version, Genesis 6:13). This direct quotation from God proves his intention to wipe out the sinful, rather than save them. Finally, there are many paintings that portray this infamous flood; however, the one that stood out to me is the one below by Francis Danby, as it clearly portrays God as all-powerful and resentful towards a corrupt and sinful world. His wrath is shown through the dark skies, the roaring waters, and the suffering people in the water that have no chance of survival. Furthermore, an example of God’s Wrath in American literature can be found in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Dimmesdale’s tremendous suffering is shown through this quotation, “It is inconceivable, the agony with which this public veneration tortured him!” (chapter 11). God placed this pain upon him because he committed the awful sin of adultery with Hester. Additionally, as soon as Dimmesdale is able to let go of his guilt and sin, he feels content with himself; however, God kills him off soon after, showing his eternal wrath against those who have sinned. Lastly, God’s wrath is shown through The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as two characters in particular felt the wrath of God after committing sins. First of all, Myrtle Wilson committed adultery with Tom, and God punished her for this sin by killing her, and even worse, having Daisy (Tom’s love) kill her. Additionally, Gatsby himself also committed an awful sin, as he tried to be with and even steal a married woman (Daisy) from her husband (Tom). Tom states, “What if I did tell him? That fellow had it coming to him. He threw dust into your eyes just like he did in Daisy’s, but he was a tough one. He ran over Myrtle like you’d run over a dog and never even stopped his car” (chapter 9). In some ways, Gatsby’s punishment is even worse than just death itself, as he will forever be accused for committing a crime that he never committed (running over Myrtle). In addition to death, God punished Gatsby by ruining his reputation as well. Overall, God’s wrath is shown through his actions toward the sinful. Many say that God is forgiving of sins; however, these specific instances throughout the Bible as well as American literature show that He can be rather unforgiving.

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1 Response to God’s Wrath Towards Those Who Have Sinned

  1. vartika says:

    I truly enjoyed reading this! I especially liked your introduction and hook because it captures the reader’s attention by showing a common misconception. Question: How does the painting you have included relate to the overall analysis of the novel and/or the Bible? As for something I feel you could work on, I believe you could introduce the characters of each story a little better so you would not need to include the names in parenthesis, but it is not a big deal. Overall, great work!

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