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What kind of faith is Arnold talking about in "Dover Beach"?

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genle | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM via web

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What kind of faith is Arnold talking about in "Dover Beach"?

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM (Answer #1)

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By having two people in a small room overlook a great expanse of nature, especially the white cliffs of Dover, the faith that remains is personal fidelity, based on love between people. Nothing else is sure; the beauty, joy, and other human experiences which we wish were certitudes—all these are illusory. The private world of the little room assumes the full weight of human life and freedom. Therefore, what remains is the commitment that individuals make to fidelity, and this commitment enables people to conquer all that is vulnerable and transient. It is a unique contrast; the love of people versus the rest of the world. The only thing that is true is what you have between you and the person you love.

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