Francis Bacon’s essays are notably recognized as an important progress in English prose. His writings are marked with clarity, brevity preciseness and substance. Among his strategies in developing balance in his essays is by concealing his own opinion within contradicting choices.
Bacon’s work “Essayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed” is tied by a major idea which is strongly Machiavellian. This contains 38 essays and was published in 1612. He was claimed by many writers of his own era to have invented the essay form. Francis Bacon claimed the influence of Aristotle and Montaigne and other writers who helped and influence him.
Of Marriage and Single Life
This essay from Francis Bacon appeared first in 1612 and was then further expanded in 1625. In this paper, Bacon point out that once a person is tied in his marriage and has children, one can no longer continue living a reckless and life of adventure. Marriage entails responsibilities and duties to people who are depending on you.
He links the desire for freedom as most familiar with people who are irresponsible and self-indulgent. Meanwhile, a single life is meant for a life of good works, charity and men who are servants of God. Bacon concludes in this work that marriage is a life of bondage, while a life that most benefit the public and makes best servants, best master, and friends is an unmarried and childless life.
Of Unity in Religion
This work was written in England during the time of Queen Elizabeth I. During this era, England was experiencing religious transformations. With the development of Protestantism under the Church of England, Sir Francis Bacon realized the need or unifying the protestant religion. The protestant church back then was suffering from controversies and Sir Bacon’s work claimed that unity and progress in the stability of its churches will help develop the English empire. Religious beliefs at this time was heavily challenged and intrigued. On one hand, Bacon formulates that religion and system of beliefs is the bond that keeps society intact.
Also in this essay of Sir Francis Bacon, he claimed that an advantage of pagan religion from other religion is that it is free from division as it does not strongly adhere to beliefs. Pagans are more devoted to rituals and ceremonies than in their framework of beliefs than the Christian faith.
“Of Unity in religion” was written by Francis Bacon in 1612 and was later developed in 1625. His writings gain much significance, mainly because of the religious turmoil in that time. As his style of writing this essay, Sir Francis Bacon developed much brevity in his style, using only 1,516 words over this entire essay. He also kept his sentences shorter in writing this work. Displaying his talent in the rhetoric, Sir Francis Bacon’s essays also convince his readers with his skillful and analytical arrangement of his arguments. He used many Biblical allusions and scriptures, to support these arguments. This essay bears significance for all religions, encouraging tolerance and broad-mindedness of people toward their religion.