All the way through the long and enduring history of man, an assortment of indeed copious humane and inhuman characteristics has been displayed, both intentionally and unintentionally, of just what, where, and how humanity is, has been, and will be defined. In countless great moments, man has continually shown an incredible array of thoughts, sentiments, and actions which extend simply as being the best and beyond. Sadly however, it is rather difficult to dismiss that man has the means to exercise the opposite and choose simply not to do the good.

In the artistic literary word-play of Stephen Crane in “A God in Wrath,” a declaration of tainted conscience is portrayed upon unforeseen consequence that collapses only into bitter hopelessness. On a subjective point of view, the image entitled “Framed” best encapsulates the emotion of the poem (Baba). From a standpoint of the poem’s aftermath, the image depicts an Israeli man, amidst the Gaza-Israel conflict, simply in shock at insurmountable physical ruin (though his facial expression was not revealed, his body language suggests fatigue, trauma, and despair).

As the poem begins with the lines “A god in wrath/Was beating a man;/He cuffed him loudly/With thunderous blows/That rang and rolled over the Earth,” a visual of war and to what outcomes it led to fit what the image wishes to put forward (Crane, 2003, p. 708). The poem presents the concept of a god, which can be considered the concept of The God allowing the horrors of war to transpire as Man’s punishment or the wretched god-like capabilities and end results of a war.

The poem continues then concludes with, “All people came running. /The man screamed and struggled,/And bit madly at the feet of god. /The people cried,/‘Ah, what a wicked man! /And ‘Ah, what a redoubtable god! ” which presents the persona in futile finger-pointing and allows all fault to befall upon the persona’s ilk and the concept of god or The God (Crane, 2003, p. 708).

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Man holds the knack for escaping responsibility amid turmoil, drudgery and chaos, even though if accountability threads thick on Man’s sense of right and wrong. The man depicted in the image may not be delivering physical gestures of screams and struggle, but there is an underlying attitude which the image exudes—the might of Man, the unholy devastating implication of war, and the awesome wrath, intervention, and non-intervention of God.


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