Call Me God
As human beings, we learn to accept, interpret, and analyze information
differently. With this said, there are an infinite number points of views. These points of
views have a multitude of meaning. Such multitudes possess a universe of meaning. A
universe of meaning can help us understand different interpretations and different points
of views. With out ability to accept different points of views, it allows us to analyze. For
example, we can analyze the symbol of food. Food contains meaning like hope, hunger,
or even life. A character type like a vulnerable child can be viewed as weak or even
naïve. Finally, themes are ideas present in a piece of literature that can establish a sense
In The New Colossus,
by Emma Lazarus, she argues that human beings envision
themselves as saviors. Robert Graves The Naked and the Nude,
depicts a love between a
god and goddess. Thomas Gray’s Sonnet on the Death of Richard West
greets death. This
individual wishes to die because it will allow him to achieve the power of divinity.
Finally, if there are any heavens,
by E. E. Cummings, tells about a father becoming a
higher authority to his offspring.
Through these four poems, these narrators question the role of God, but in the end
they possess some traits of being a deity. The theme of becoming god is evident.
Lazarus argues that individuals associate hardships to saviors. These saviors wish
to “send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me/” (line 13). The specific words such as
‘homeless” and “tempest-tossed,” have significant meaning. People that are homeless
have no foundations. These foundations are a basic need. Basic needs are food, water, but
most importantly, shelter. Without a safe place for shelter, there is nothing called home.