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Heaney uses religious connotation of words in order to reveal the inevitability of falling to lust. Heaney alludes to Adam in the bible after he eats the forbidden apple. Heaney writes, For a full week, the blackberries would ripen

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IB World Literature 23 May 22, 2009 Heaney Paper In the bible it is written, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). The bible reveals that all have sinned, meaning all are bound to sin. There is no escape; the inevitable fact is that one cannot overcome sin. Humankind has an inherent weakness to sin. Heaney, being a strict catholic in Northern Ireland, had strong beliefs and catholic views. These views and ideals are intentionally revealed through numerous biblical references in the poem, Blackberry- picking. Heaney incorporates religious/ non-religious imagery and connotations of words in order to reveal humans powerlessness against temptations. Heaney uses religious connotation of words in order to reveal the inevitability of falling to lust. ...read more.


It is "that hunger [that] sent [them] out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots where briars scratched and wet grass bleached [their] boots" (Lines 9-10). Heaney writes this in order to show how "hunger", or lust, becomes the motivating factor in why the narrator acts. Even when being "scratched" the overwhelming, influence of lust drives him to continue. These quotes convey the insatiability of the deadly sin, lust. The speaker is fulfilled by the berries but temporarily. Thus, his desire is unquenchable. Consequently crippling the narrator for sin to follow, greed. Again, Heaney uses religious connotations and imagery, except in this instance, he uses it to reveal humanity's incapability to fight greed. As lust continues to drive the narrator, greed begins to overcome the narrator. ...read more.


Heaney illustrates human's tendency to fall into temptation and greed. Heaney goes even further as to show at what lengths the narrator will go to get the berries. "Our hands were peppered with thorn pricks" (lines 15-16). The thrones can be considered a biblical reference to Jesus' crown of thorns, which in turn would mean they are sacrificing themselves, as Jesus did, for these berries signifying the great extent in which the narrator is willing to go. Heaney vivid imagery allows the reader to observe humanity's humans inadequacy against the destructive authority of temptation. In blackberry picking many religious connotations can be found as a result of Heaney's strict Northern catholic upbringing. Sinning is a natural inclination that humankind cannot tame. Humans innate tendency to fall to temptation is too much for anyone to overcome. Therefore, it is safe to say, that as long as there are humans on the earth, there will be sin ...read more.

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