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Sin Virtue What Role Does Religion Play In Stephen Cranes The Blue HotelIt is not surprising for an authors background and surroundings to profoundly affect his or her writing Stephen Crane came from a Methodist lineage and lived at a time when the church was still an influential facet in many peoples daily lives Crane was deeply instilled with religious dogma 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 explores the intertwined themes of sin and virtueIronically although he disbelieved and hated it Crane simply could not free himself from the religious background that haunted him throughout his entire life Stallman 5 His father a well-respected reverend in New Jersey was an advocate of Bible reading and teaching and preached the right way Similarly his mother lived in and for religion and was influential in the Methodist church affairs as a speaker Stallman 5 She also was a journalist who wrote against the evil vices that were flagrantly displayed in her sinful times Solomon 15 Rejecting and defying all those abstract religious notions and seeking to probe lifes realities Crane fell short of his parents expectations on moral principles and spiritual outlookMoreover Cranes genius as an observer of psychological and social reality Baym 1608 was refined after witnessing battle sights during the latter part of the 19th century What he saw was stark contrast of the peacefulness and morality preached in church and thus led him to religious rebelliousnessAs a prisoner to his surroundings a soldier is physically emotionally and psychologically challenged by natures indifference to mankind For instance in The Blue Hotel what traps the Swede is his fixed ideas of his environment Stallman 488 But in the end
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