Dickinson Essay

Dickinson Essay - Zack Williams English 102 Essay 1 2/26/08...

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Zack Williams English 102 Essay 1 2/26/08 When Faith Fails: An Analysis of “’Faith is a fine invention” In “’Faith’ is a fine invention,” Emily Dickinson superbly examines the divide between faith and science. The poem expresses a powerful position on the subject poignantly, consisting of only four lines. Just as with Dickinson’s other works, the major themes of this writing remain extremely relevant today, nearly a century and a half after it’s composition. In this brief poem Dickinson uses thought provoking themes, symbols, and questions to impeccably compare the irrational emptiness of faith to the concrete sensible nature of science This writing instantly provokes the reader by having its first word, faith, placed in quotation marks. This immediately causes the reader to question the entire concept of faith. Faith is so insubstantial and indefinable that it must be notated as such. It forces the reader to try and identify the concept Dickinson is writing about. The quotation marks surrounding the word faith parallel the questions regarding the actual practice of having faith. The term faith could be narrowly defined as religion in this context, but it is more likely that Dickinson’s version of faith includes the belief in any irrational unexplainable
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