Why did Father Gilligan grieve?

Why did Father Gilligan grieve?

Father Gilligan is in mourning at the start of the poem because he is old, fatigued, and overworked. He seemed to have had a hard and exhausting day. He repents because he realizes that his mission is to attempt to comfort others, just like God does throughout the remainder of the poem.

In conclusion, Father Gilligan grieved because he loved those he was supposed to protect. His job was not an easy one to do well. However, it was his duty to comfort those who felt lost and alone in this world. Therefore, he did what needed to be done even if it made him feel sad or lonely sometimes.

Why does Father Gilligan express his gratitude to God?

The message that the poet is attempting to communicate in "The Ballad of Father Gilligan" is that God helps those who serve others. God knew Father Gilligan was exhausted, therefore God came to his aid in his hour of need. By doing so, He proves Himself to be a good and generous God who wants everyone to be happy and have their needs met.

In the first stanza, the poet tells us that it was on a cold December day in 1814 that he saw Father Gilligan. The priest had just returned from serving in America where he had rescued many Indians from slavery. Even though he was very tired, Father Gilligan decided to go to Baltimore because he heard that there were lots of jobs there for people like himself - priests who wanted to help others.

When Father Gilligan arrived at the port of entry into Maryland, they told him that the governor of the state didn't want any slaves brought into the country because they needed the labor force to work on their farms and in their businesses. However, the officials did let it be known that if anyone brought in some Indians they would be given land and money. This is why Father Gilligan went to Baltimore - to look for Indians who needed help.

How did God save Father Gilligan?

Father Gilligan, who had entire confidence in God, fell asleep while preparing to administer the last communion to the ailing man. When he awoke, he found that his house had been burned down around him. He has spent nine years in an English prison for arson but was finally released on bail while his case was reviewed by a higher court. If Father Gilligan had not trusted in God, he would have never been saved himself because everything happened exactly as it was supposed to happen.

Father Gilligan was a priest in the Irish Church before it was united with England. Before he could be tried for arson, he was arrested for treason and sent to prison. The poem tells how Father Gilligan served meals to the prisoners instead of eating them himself. This must have really offended the guards since they took away his keys and gave him menial tasks to do. One day they brought him some old clothes and told him to clean up the prison yard. When he returned, he found that his house had been burned down. He then set off for London to appeal to the King for help but was caught trying to burn down another house and again sent back to prison.

When Father Gilligan was released on bail, there was no trial because everyone knew that he was innocent.

What made Father Gilligan unhappy at the end of the day?

Father Gilligan was exhausted from working night and day. The majority of the villagers were either sick or had perished. They were on their sick bed, pleading with Father Gilligan for prayer and a pleasant journey of the soul. However, the priest was not interested; all he wanted was some sleep! Finally, when it was completely dark outside, a young boy came to him and asked him to come with them. They would take him to another village where people still lived. Father Gilligan agreed, because he thought that maybe there he could find some work and be paid. He did not know that this was just a ruse so that they could kill him in the middle of nowhere.

The next morning the villagers led Father Gilligan to a large lake. On the other side of the lake was a small town. Inside the town were many houses and streets filled with people. But something was wrong: no cars were parked out front, no dogs barked, there were no signs of life anywhere. Even the fish stopped moving in the lake as they usually did at dawn.

The villagers took Father Gilligan to what used to be his church but it was now just a field with some stones lying around. Then they left him there alone.

It was a few days later when someone finally came to visit the new priest.

How does Father Gilligan respond in the end, and why?

In Yeats' ballad "The Ballad of Father Gilligan," Father Gilligan is weary because his people are dying off so quickly. When they are near death, his responsibility is to attend to them, console them, and administer final rites. People died after he screamed out, "God forgive!" So he knows that his words have been heard by God.

At the end of the ballad, Father Gilligan goes to confession before he dies. He tells the priest that he has sinned by saying "God forgive!" even though he knew it was dangerous. The priest responds by telling him that he has gone too far but that something wonderful will come from all this tragedy. After Father Gilligan dies, a miracle happens: A young boy is healed of leprosy. Everyone assumes that Father Gilligan is responsible for this cure.

Yeats ends the poem by saying that Father Gilligan has found peace at last. Although he told someone to "forgive!" once, he learned not to do so again. Even though people die after he said it, he knows that what he did was right.

This poem is more about forgiveness than it is about leprosy. However, it is assumed that readers will understand that the boy being treated for leprosy is actually alive today. If yeats had wanted to talk about leprosy instead, he could have done so easily by changing some few words here and there.

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Donald Goebel

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