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What audience did Dorothy day have in mind when writing her autobiography? Who was she trying to reach and what was her message?

Dorothy day was writing her autobiography to every human being in the world. She was trying to appeal to various people with catholic beliefs and moral standards to communicate her message and show the difficulties of her lonely life. She wanted to show how she found faith in God, which later in her life influenced her decisions and helped her overcome difficulties. Through catholic religion, Dorothy discovered the joy of helping others in need.
In early life, no one taught Dorothy about religion and she spent her time reading the Bible. She writes “I remember ...view middle of the document...

After becoming catholic, Dorothy never regretted her decision, however her struggles continued throughout her life.
Through catholic religion, Dorothy Day found an answer to her loneliness, that she faced for many years. She discovered that helping the poor she was her mission and purpose. “The only answer in this life, to the loneliness we are all bound to feel, is community.” (Day, 234) Dorothy was able to show her love to God through community and she tried to explain this message to the audience.

With one word, pick a theme for Dorothy Day’s life. Elaborate on your word choice and supply instances that support your choice.


With one word, I think that Dorothy Day’s life can be described lonely. As I was reading the book, I felt like she was always living in doubt. I believe she could not find what she liked and what she was grateful for her for many years. She did not like going to school and she had many different jobs. She was searching for purpose in life, but she did not know what exactly she wanted. From being a journalist to being a nurse, she could not find how she could change the world and help other people. The feeling of uncertainty made her feel lonely in life.
Dorothy writes “I too had difficulties, heartaches, questionings, as I lay there, feeling very much alone in the world, lost, set apart, without help from the living or the dead.” (Day, 106) Dorothy did not believe religious beliefs and it made her life difficulties seem worst. She did not consciously believe in God and did not have faith.
“I was lonely, deadly lonely” (Day, 157) wrote Dorothy Day. She needed community or a group with whom she could exchange ideas and whom she could help. Dorothy felt this way until later in life she started working at The Catholic Worker newspaper. She started helping the poor, and she felt a sense of responsibility and respect. She wrote about women, children, and unemployment. She wanted to influence Catholics by writing articles and help them become ambitious and hopeful.
Does Dorothy Day attribute her success and failures to her commitment to her Catholic Faith? (Whether your answer is yes or no, please explain your answer.)

Dorothy Day does not mention in her autobiography what role Catholic faith played in her successes and failures. But from reading her autobiography it seems like before she accepted Catholic religion praying and unconscious belief in God helped her throughout her life. When she was in prison, she prayed and she asked for a bible the second day she was imprisoned, which was given to her two days later. She read it with joy and thankfulness. She writes, “I clung to the words of comfort in the bible and as long as the light held out, I read and pondered.” (Day, 81) She knew that the God was there to save her, but she consciously kept pushing him away.
After Dorothy received her sacrament of confirmation, she moved to Mexico. There she experienced extraordinarily happy time. She writes, “maybe it was the...

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