The Incarnation In The Holy Bible Analysis

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The moment human society built itself, crime and punishment began. As history evolves, crime and punishment has been a religious and philosophical token which symbolize all the evil deeds in human world. Crime is the source of the desire, and punishment is the warning to the responsibility (Wu Shunli, 1997: 149). Throughout the ages, hundreds of thousands of images have been incarnated as demonic or divine, direful or beautiful. Taking the desert as an example, it is often reckoned as a wasteland filled with derelict and forlorn images. Unbearable daytime and grisly nights render the land all the more desolate. Men tend to take the despairing plight as a demise of a villain in a story rather than give an end of protagonists living there happily.…show more content…
And from Frye’s point of view, it is “the main source for undisplaced myth in our (Western) tradition (2009: 140).” He thought that the Christian Bible is abounded with mythical archetypes that exist in a large perspective of literary works, and is the important source with regard to the development of Western literature.
The incarnation of crime and punishment exists in the Bible story as a murderer, a apostate, an exile, etc. Among such a quite number of characters, two are relevant to the poem The Rime. One is Cain in Genesis, and the other is Jonah.

3.1.1 The Murderer
In Genesis (4: 1- 4: 16), Eve conceived Cain and gave birth to him. Then she again bare Abel from the Lord. Abel was the keeper of the sheep, and Cain was a tiller of the ground. After a period of time, Cain brought some fruits of the ground to the Lord. Likewise, Abel brought the first-born of the flock to the Lord. And the Lord had a preference for Abel’s offerings but did not appreciate Cain’s. Then Cain became sullen, and turned wroth. After a while, Cain took his brother Abel to the field and killed him. Later, the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother?” Cain answered, “I know not. Am I my brother’s keeper (Moser, 1999: 4)?” The Lord said, “What have you done! The dead man’s blood cried onto me from the ground since you slew him mercilessly (ibid, 1999:4).” God let Cain wander on the earth to expiate his crime. Then Cain said he was afraid to be killed by other people. And the Lord set a sign upon Cain lest any finding him should kill him, and said to Cain, “For anyone who shall kill you, vengeance will be seven times to him (ibid,
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