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Des Oliveira Mrs. Grieve English Honors 12 12 October 2017 Emily Dickinson Research Paper Outline Thesis: Dickinson’s struggle with religion is shown throughout numerous pieces of her poetry. I.Dickinson questions faith in many of her poems . A.The rise in the theory of evolution during her time influenced her. 1.Charles Darwin, Louis Agassiz, and Chauncey Wright debated the theory of evolution. 2.Evolution conflicts with religion, and during that time, word against religion was unheard of. B.She does not understand how people can devote time to a God they blindly worship. 1.In her poem, “Some keep the Sabbath going to Church” (236), Dickinson writes on how people spend their lives worshipping to go to heaven in the afterlife, while she enjoys the “heaven” she has now. II.Dickinson wishes that she could give herself to faith A.Dickinson expresses her need for faith and that she wishes to not be a “sinner.”

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