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Explication of Sunday Morning Robert Pasell In Wallace Stevens poem Sunday Morning the idea of religion as it relates to reality is explored through the mind of a woman It is not through the womans religious voice but the voice of agnosticism in her mind that the poem is narrated The poem is a debate within her head between her agnostic voice and her religious voice on the perception of divinity Her agnostic voice questions religion in which a problem of faith in the world is shown Its shown through the womans agnostic thoughts that those who believe in a creed that is not from an immediate perception of the visible world are living in illusion and this illusion can make them unhappy Through this agnostic ideal religion is a form of illusion based on what is not visible and real Death is shown as an absolute of human existence and that the knowledge that death ends all stimulates the awareness of beauty In the womans thoughts it is shown that peopl e should accept this condition and shed the illusion of religion and in this acceptance free themselves to love the world around them and find paradise in this world By giving the agnostic side the duty of narration and the religious side a duty of questioning traditional roles are switched Usually it is the religious voice as like the bible which questions the agnostic Stevens uses this switch to show the agnostic doctrine as superior to religion This conversation the debate within the womans head is where agnosticism is shown as having merit Its aging that turns her thoughts to death and motivates her thoughts of divinity Her absence from church suggests that she is drifting away from the religious traditions into which she was born The woman hasnt yet shaken the hold of the religious doctrines with which she is familiar Through her agnostic voice the woman looks at her relation to
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