The Theme of Religion in Three Creative Works: An Analysis

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Religion Theme in Three Works Religion is a very personal thing. When discussing the subject, people can become very angry because it is so much a part of many people's identity. It is because of its importance in the larger society that literary work, whether they are fiction or non-fiction, cannot help but incorporate religion as a thematic component. Some works address religion intentionally and perhaps even heavy-handedly. In other works, religion is an idea that seeps through the text because the society in which the artist lives considers religion an integral part of life. Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Eudora Welty's book One Writer's Beginning and the film O Brother, Where Art Thou by filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen each discuss religion in a different way but in all three, although they were created in different time periods and for entirely different purposes, all include religion as an underlying them in the message that they are trying to relate. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" was written in early 1963 when Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Mississippi. The addressees were members of the clergy. King himself was a minister and a man with a firm belief in the Christian religion. Indeed it was his belief in God and Christianity that led him to act against racism, prejudice, and the disenfranchisement of his fellow African Americans. He explains to those who have told him to stop his activities that he is doing God's work.
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