It's not that she's all holier-than-thou, but—okay, she's a
little holier-than-thou. Clarissa definitely takes puts the "pie" in
pious. Especially when she's cut off from her family and friends, Clarissa
turns to the big man for some consolation. It doesn't hurt that Lovelace stays
the heck away from church (we think there's a good chance he's a vampire).
Clarissa has always been into religion. But by the end of <em>Clarissa</em>, she hits
the Bible big-time. She can't go a single second without quoting Proverbs or
acting all angelic-like, and we can't blame her—she's got a one-way express
ticket to heaven. And she sets a good example along the way: Clarissa's
devotion to religion inspires Belford, Anna, and a host of others to embrace a
holy lifestyle. It's just too bad that Lovelace can't get on board.
Questions About Religion
- Why is Clarissa so intent on going to church every week? Does she say anything about religion's importance in her life?
- Does Clarissa really get more
religious after her illness, or is she just trying to get on the big man's good
side before dying?
- Does Lovelace eventually turn to
religion, or does he shun it until the end?
- What's with the preoccupation with
angels and devils? Are we supposed to take this literally, or is it all a big
Chew on This
Clarissa's religion is genuine, but it's also a way for her
to explore an identity other than wife or mother.
People consider Clarissa to be angel on earth because they
can't handle the idea of a ruined woman living her life.