1. Quotes/passages: “the wonderful world that the Old People had lived in; as it had been before God sent Tribulation” Page 1 This excerpt is important to the book and in general because it is where David was thinking of the Old people who are considered today to be us in today’s society. It shows that something happened to them in the past (today) which was a nuclear disaster that took place giving everyone some sort of “superhuman powers’ and eventually everyone died of it. 2.
David realizes he can’t grasp the idea of the way they live, so he comes to the conclusion that they are unnatural. Towards the end you see that “us” is who we start to emphasize with David (normal society) because he starts to find the Tomekys
The place David works at his mom’s house is in the shed out back. He calls it his laboratory. At his mom’s house is where David does most of his major experiments. The reason that is where he does most of his work is because they let him do it and his father and stepmother don’t like him doing his experiments. He
He believed that he had a vision at the age of 16 that he was Jesus Christ and had unfinished work on Earth. He was arrested and put in prison for teaching his new religion in Korea. In 1950 he escaped To the United States. Once in the U.S. he became a member of the Presbyterian Church and was later excommunicated.
Ashley Lane Mr.Dahlstrom Composition II 5 May 2017 David Koresh’s Rise to Power David Koresh came to power in 1985 and he developed the Waco compound. David Koresh tried to persuade many of his followers to believe and follow in whatever he did. He used plenty of intimidation tactics to try and gain as much power as possible. Koresh became apart of the Branch of Davidian and eventually took over and became the leader of that group.
This shows the change David has made with his views and choices. In the beginning of the book, David wished for extra arms as a harmless joke only to realize that making that joke costed him and got beat by his father. David then kept quiet as he didn’t want to express his own feelings due to trauma he has suffered. By the end of the book, David runs away with his friends in protest to his father’s rules and to express who he truly is. From the beginning of the book to the end, David has shown examples of him changing who he is as a person for the better.
It is telling that the physical space of Giovanni’s room feels detached from the rest of the world, as David is detatching his sexualtiy from the rest of the world. In a sense, David is hiding his sexuality in Giovanni’s room, which lets the room become repressive. While it could be a safe haven, where David could be free in his homosexuality as “time flowed past indifferently above us, hours and days had no meaning” (75), David let’s the indifference of time and the sea of Giovanni’s room suffocate him. It is interesting that David reiterates Giovanni’s point, that time does not care about how one spends their life; as time is indifferent. However, this has a negative connotation for David, because he is still unable to accept his sexuality.
For example, Jim Jones would make his followers confess their sins in public and Jones would brutally beat them. Another characteristic that sets cults apart from religious groups, is that they are totalitarian in the way that their leader is the one who holds all the power and makes all the decisions for the group (ICSA). Everything that the group does is to bring more power to their leader. There is “heavy exploitation” from the leaders. and it tends to be “economic or sexual” (Cults Dangerous Devotion).
David decided to purpose to Hella before she left for Spain to find herself and her response was that she needed to think about it while she was away. The story begins with David recalling his time in Paris and his times with Giovanni. Giovanni is in prison and about to be executed and Hella is on her way back to America. David left America and can to Paris with very little money.
During a scene where the two were lighting a candle to celebrate the first day of Hanukah, the text says, "That glimmer of light, surrounded by so many shadows, seemed to say without words: Evil has not yet taken complete dominion. A spark of hope is still left." David and Rebecca found consolation in their religion and in each other, and this is a