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1OstaszewskiBrooke Ostaszewski Professor Hall American Literature (ENGL 2132)20 November 2019 Brantley, Richard E. “The Interrogative Mood of Emily Dickinson’s Quarrel with God.” Religion and Literature, vol. 46, no. 1, 2014, pp. 157-165.In his essay “The Interrogative Mood of Emily Dickinson’s Quarrel with God”, Brantley, Richard E. discusses Emily Dickinson’s beliefs and viewpoints on religion and is arguing the motives behind Dickinson’s piece. In order to do this, Brantley interprets her poems and gives his thoughts and opinions on her viewpoint of religion. The first main preexisting idea Brantley brings up is the idea of Darwinism and the idea of natural selection. Brantley discusses how it was hard for Dickinson to believe in anything holyand how a lot of her “quarrel” with God was based mainly based off of Darwin’s science. She believed that we could all get sick and perish, but not in the fact that God would choose when you died. Brantley states “For Darwin, suffering is clarified as the fallout of natural selection and

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