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It is not surprising for an authors background and surroundings to profoundly affect his writing Having come from a Methodist lineage and living at a time when the church was still an influential facet in peoples daily lives Stephen Crane was deeply instilled with religious dogmas However fear of retribution soon turned to cynicism and criticism of his idealistic parents God the wrathful Jehovah of the Old Testament Stallman 16 as he was confronted with the harsh realities of war as a journalistic correspondent Making extensive use of religious metaphors and allusions in The Blue Hotel 1898 Crane thus explores the interlaced themes of the sin and virtue Ironically although he disbelieved it and hated it Crane simply could not free himself from the religious background that haunted his entire life Stallman 5 His father a well-respected reverend in New Jersey advocated Bible reading and preached the right way Similarly his mother who lived in and for religion was influential in Methodist church affairs as a speaker and a journalist in her crusade against the vices of her sinful times Stallman 5 This emotional frenzy of revival Methodism had a strong impact on young Stephen Nonetheless he -- falling short of his parents expectations on moral principles and spiritual outlook -- chose to reject and defy all those abstract religious notions and sought to probe instead into lifes realities Moreover Cranes genius as an observer of psychological and social reality Baym 1608 was refined after witnessing battle sights during the late 19th century What he saw was a stark contrast of the peacefulness and morality preached in church and this thus led him to religious rebelliousness As a prisoner to his surroundings man a soldier is physically emotionally and psychologically challenged by natures indifference to humankind For instance in the story what traps the Swede is his fixed idea of his environment but in the end it is the environment itself -- comprised
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