Novels for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context & by David Galens

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His love is so confused by romantic selfishness that he ignores what he can infer about her burial wishes and insists that she be cremated, which according to Catholic faith, would be unpleasing to the God who took her from him. Sarah, on the other hand, sacrifices romantic love for divine love. Although she began the affair in pursuit of romantic love, even at the cost of her morality, she is surprised to find herself giving it up to fulfill a desperate promise made to God. Sacrificing the affair leads Sarah to the other kind of love presented in the novel, divine love.

His perspective changes, however, as he gets deeper into the story. For example, in book two, chapter two, he admits, “When I began to write I said this was a story of hatred, but I am not convinced. ” Later in book four, chapter one, he writes: After Sarah’s death a series of miracles occurs, seemingly because of her status in heaven. ” By the end, he is hopeless, filled with resignation rather than hate. Once it is clear that Bendrix is less reliable than he thinks he is, the reader is able to begin drawing independent conclusions.

How does it enhance the story, and do you think that Bendrix realizes that it is meaningful when he includes it in his telling of the story? • During and after times of crisis, attendance at churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other places of worship tends to increase. Was this the case during and after World War II in England? Research the role of religion in wartime and post-war England and present your findings in an essay. • Bendrix mentions that he and Sarah had “become unused” to air raids because of their infrequency compared to the recent past.

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