Jacques Marzano Religion

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Manzano’s Autobiography of a Slave, Kincaid’s A Small Place and Jacques Roumain’s Masters of the Dew may seem to have very little in common. Their vast differences, which span across different locations in the Caribbean, consist of different roles to be played and take place during different timelines can become overwhelming. However, the common theme of religion being exemplified through the characters, whether it was stated or implied, became one of the staple similarities that would bind these three different novels to share a bigger idea. Similarly, having a development stage through maturity, exile, or experience, construct the eventual role for the hero played a major role in creating a story bigger than one’s self. One side focuses…show more content…
Loved and trusted by some, he saved the village from drought and sacrificed himself for peace. Manzano, on the other hand represents the common people, the people that read the bible, those that pray, and hope to become a better person all the while knowing that they will “never take place as a perfect […] man”(manzano 89). All these hero of their own story build the pillars of religion. Kincaid does not interact with the story directly, she judges from a distance, whether it is by calling tourists “ugly human beings”(Kincaid 14) or disagreeing with the passiveness of the locals. She “guides” this tourist through the island, talking to “you” with a compelling voice, almost examining “you” without ever being there. Kincaid speaks of people’s “irrevocableness of their bad deeds”(23), which makes her seem disappointed and almost disgusted by people’s actions. This judgment detaches her from a character living in this world she is describing and makes it seem as if she was observing from above. Similarly Kincaid speaks of the unreal beauty of the island and its many assets including the…show more content…
Each book emphasizes its own side of religion with allusions to the bible such as Adam and Eve(107) in Masters of the dew or even Jesus’s crucifixion(92) in autobiography of a slave. However these stories of and allusions are brought back to a broader point, the role that the hero of the story plays in the story. Each character grows through experience and uses that experience to accomplish their role, whether it is to save the village, bring problems to the light, or even become the person the character thought he could never
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