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Mary Rowlandson, an innocent preacher’s wife, is swept up into the captivity of the ever-savage Indians and is taken off into the wilderness, ready to kill herself before she has to live in that condition. Rowlandson, a devout Christian, couldn’t stand the “roaring, and singing, and dancing, and yelling of those black creatures in the night, which made the place a lively resemblance of hell” (Rowlandson, 14). But, she complains much more than she actually explains the customs. Was this a ritual practice after a successful raid, or simply heathens worshipping the devil? Rowlandson doesn’t care to say. However, she makes it very apparent that she is following the scripture, and is the one favored by God, as in Daniel and the lions. These Indians seem purely evil, raiding towns and snatching away women and children. Apparently they even did this without much reason for doing so, because of course, those perfect Christians never did anything wrong to warrant such atrocious, uncivilized behavior, right? Continue reading
An Odyssey Transcending the Tangible
What defines a home? Is it the roof over one’s head, the riches it holds, or the family found within? The characters of Odyssey expound on this question: Menelaos living in a lavish palace, but having lost comrades and brother, and Odysseus, longing to return to family and fatherland, though surrounded by beauty which only the gods could procure. Neither feels at home in the place where they find themselves: both men lost since the battle of Troy. Each presides in one place, while their hearts lie in another. The grieving of Odysseus’ and Menelaos’ hearts in Homer’s Odyssey cannot be alleviated by luxury and riches alone.
A. Both Odysseus and Menelaos went to battle in Troy
1. Odysseus was thrown about the Mediterranean ever since
2. Menelaos made it back from the war, but he never truly felt at home
1. The grieving of Odysseus’ and Menelaos’ hearts in Homer’s “Odyssey” cannot be alleviated by luxury and riches alone.
2. [Odysseus and Menelaos’ private sorrows in Homer’s “Odyssey” suggest that luxury alone cannot maintain happiness.] Original Thesis