Emily Dickinson: Her View Of God



Emily Dickinson had a view of God and His power that was very
strange for a person of her time. Dickinson questioned God, His power, and
the people in the society around her. She did not believe in going to
church because she felt as though she couldn't find any answers there. She
asked God questions through writing poems, and believed that she had to
wait until she died to find out the answers. Dickinson was ahead of her
time with beliefs like this. Many people in her generation just believed
in God, went to church, and looked highly on the events discussed during
church out of fear. These people were hesitant to ask questions, afraid of
God, and scared of Dickinson because she ...

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schoolroom of the sky- (78)".


After she dies and God answers all of her questions, Dickinson then says:

" I shall forget the drop of anguish
That scalds me now-that scalds me now!"

This shows Dickinson's anger toward God. She does not want to have to die
to have her questions answered. She wants to be able to live without these
questions of what God wants, because they are deeply affecting her.
As time goes by, one could say that Dickinson is learning to live
with the questions she has for God. She does not look at death as a bad
thing, she starts to look at it in a positive way. She slowly starts to
seclude herself from others, which is apparent in her poems. Dickinson
starts to discuss her state of solitude and how it came about. This is
described in, "The Soul Selects Her Own Society". Dickinson says that:

" The souls selects her own society-
then shuts the door-
To her divine majority-
Present no ...

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