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Abraham to kill him
Transcript of Abraham to kill him
Dickinson uses parallelism to compare Isaac and Abraham (Rogoski).
"Manners may prevail" (Dickinson)
The poem references to the Biblical story in which God commands Abraham to kill his only son Isaac. (Genesis 22)
Abraham to kill him
Abraham to kill him —
Was distinctly told —
Isaac was an Urchin —
Abraham was old —
Not a hesitation —
Abraham complied —
Flattered by Obeisance
Tyranny demurred —
Isaac — to his children
Lived to tell the tale —
Moral — with a Mastiff
Manners may prevail.
The first stanza summarizes the situation that Abraham was put in in Genesis 22. It also describes Abraham and Isaac.
The second stanza shows how Abraham put all his faith in God without questioning. After God sees this he allows Abraham to keep Isaac. (Zavada)
The last stanza shows how when you have faith, good things will come from it.
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Rhyme and Meter
Signifies the rise and fall of her faith.
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Some words also have negative connotations to them which display the speaker's views.
God's abilities are portrayed through the symbols that are in the poem.
The allusion is important to the meaning of the poem because the poem is the speaker's interpretation of the story.
The speaker believes that God's supreme power is questionable, which is evident through the speaker's diction (Monteiro).
"Urchin," "Tyranny," "Mastiff" (Dickinson)
This line shows how Abraham's faith paid off in the end (Rogoski). However, Dickinson stresses that, when dealing with an intimidating figure, it is in one's best interest to do as one is told.
God is portrayed as an intimidating figure, which brings up another possible theme.
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