Religion And Nature Essay

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To understand “The Lamb” you must understand “The Tiger”, and vice versa. These two poems are unbelievably complicated when trying to search for a real deeper meaning. There is an immense amount of symbolism used throughout both poems, and many different things can be taken away about the author’s thoughts religion, nature, and the battle between good and evil in one’s mind. In the novel, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, there is seemingly a lot left up in the air about religion and the symbolism of nature, but when read the way the author intended, there are a few very strong themes that resemble those portrayed in “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”. Throughout the writings, the two authors ...view middle of the document...

Tolkien was also best friends with possibly the greatest Christian poet of all time, C.S. Lewis, so it was easy for him to have strong faith.
The reason the author’s religious backgrounds are important when discussing the two poems is because the poems take a deep look at the creator of nature in the first line of the poem: “Little Lamb, who made thee?” Also, whether or not the same creator made evil, or the Tiger, in the second poem: “Did He who made the Lamb make thee”. In The Lord of the Rings, the way in which religion is symbolized through the portrayal of nature is a little less obvious, as seen in this quote by Gandalf: “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement” (The Fellowship of the Ring, 58).
Both quotes portray the creation of all that is good and evil, or in other words nature, in an interesting way. They both acknowledge that there is a seemingly unjust way in which nature was created and acts. The quotes ask the same basic questions: Why must evil hinder good? What could have possibly made one thing so well, and another just to make existence worse for it? Two gods or one? William Blake’s trouble with religion is seen through these questions, and it is clear why he turned away from the Church. Tolkien, a more religious writer, is more likely trying to convey C.S Lewis’s famous quote: “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” While Blake doesn’t provide an answer to what created evil in his poems, Tolkien does in his novel. Through the Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis quote Tolkien shows that God controls all and created everything to teach us lessons.
Even J.R.R Tolkien described his work as religious: “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work,” and admits to nature symbolizing it as seen in this quote: “For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.” While William Blake doesn’t tell his readers his work is Christian, it is still very clear from his writings that the work is and can be seen as Christian through the simple name of his main character: “For He calls himself a Lamb.” Blake has used just about the easiest symbolism there is in calling Jesus Christ the lamb. Jesus repeatedly calls himself the Lamb of God in the Bible, and the phrase is even used regularly in the Catholic mass. The only problem with Jesus being the Lamb is that the Tiger is left slightly unexplained....

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