Ceestial Railroad Analysis Essay examples

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In the short story "The Celestial Railroad" Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays his views of the Ultimate questions one, four and five. "The Celestial Railroad" was written in 1843 as a part of Hawthorne's book of short stories "Mosses from an Old Manse". "The Celestial Railroad" is based on John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress", only now a railroad has been built between the Celestial City and the city of Destruction providing a "faster" way to the Celestial City while bypassing the cross. Through the story Hawthorne views man as a depraved being who seeks nothing but what they see as pleasure and what they believe to be the truth. He shows man's problem with names of characters and their actions throughout the story. Hawthorne's solution to the …show more content…
Throughout the story Hawthorne shows man's problem specifically by naming the characters after certain types of sinful characteristics. At the part of the story where the train passes the Cross the passengers begin talking of the advantages of keeping their burdens." We were rushing by the place where Christian's burden fell from his shoulders, sight of the Cross. This served as a theme for Mr. Sooth-it-away, Mr. Live-for-the-world, Mr. Hide-sin-in- the-heart, Mr. Scaly-conscience, and a knot of gentlemen from the town of Shun- repentance, to descant upon the inestimable advantages resulting from the safety of our baggage." Giving the characters of the story these names Hawthorne specifically address the problems that man can and does face. In the city of Vanity Fair Hawthorne describes the churches with respect yet he contradicts himself when he gives the names of the reverends. "In justification of this high praise, I need only mention the names of the Rev. Mr. Shallow-deep; the Rev. Mr. Stumble-at-Truth; that fine old clerical character, the Rev. Mr. This-to-day, who expects shortly to resign his pulpit to the Rev. Mr. That-to-morrow; together with the Rev. Mr. Bewilderment; the Rev. Mr. Clog-the-spirit; and,last and greatest, the Rev. Dr. Wind-of-doctrine." In this section Hawthorne show's how Christians and even whole churches can be hypocritical of

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