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    The Motivation of Lester in Child of God In the novel, Child of God. Lester Ballard committed heinous crimes against innocent victims. He murdered people in cold-blooded fashion and raped women when they were dead. What makes a human being do this may tell us a lot about criminals and humans themselves. In this paper I will try and analyze some of the core issues that lie at the heart of this story. Why did Ballard do what he did, to what extent is he responsible and what should have been his

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    Can someone be two contrasting ideas at once? It seems possible for Cormac McCarthy as through his novella Child of God, he considers this question with the use of the protagonist, Lester Ballard. (). (). Ballard’s animalistic descriptions and amazing feats juxtapose his non-humanness against his super-human capabilities. Immediately, Ballard is illustrated as hostile towards others in the Sevier community as the “half crazy” looking man does not “give a fuck who’s present” even when “ladies [are]

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    inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” I first heard this poem, by Marianne Williamson, during my sophomore year in college, and its words have resounded within me ever since. Throughout my college career, I have learned many lessons. Three of the most significant things that come

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    say one’s life is a life lived to faith involves three things. It involves the resignation of free choice in the sense that you believe that your god is the master of your universe. It also requires a belief and hope of an eternal life that is completely controlled by ones God. And finally, it requires the believer to accept the role of the child of God. These mandates outline a life of faith; which ultimately leads to an existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose

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    The Victims in McCarthy's Child of God In Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, Lester Ballard is a recluse who is shunned by the people of his community. Because of his morose nature and his bizarre habits, he stands out among the small rural community. The rejected Ballard turns from being a harmless recluse to a murderer. While he is clearly a victimizer, he is also a victim himself. He is the victim of his own ostracization from the community that he was a part of. While the victimization that

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    In the first few pages, Lester Ballard is described as a “child of God much like yourself perhaps”.  However, this novel focuses on his abhorrent violation of social taboos such as thievery, rape and murder. Ballard is debased and noted for his unprovoked violence. Certain events that take place in the novel aid Ballard’s descent into madness, which allows the reader to feel empathy towards him. However, the polyphonic, omniscient narrative emphasizes the apathetic tone of the people associated with

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    ENRON QUESTIONS 1. At the beginning of the movie, the song “God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday is used. This soundtrack is very significant in relation to the film since it synthesizes the essence of the basis of all the executives’ transgressions: desire of acquiring money and power. More specifically, the record transmits a message closely related to former CEO Ken Lay’s childhood. Kenneth Lay had humble beginnings as son of a preacher man, his mother worked a lot of shifts, and all three

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    When a child is left alone in its most critical stage of development, it forms an insecure attachment towards the mother. This means that when the child gets older, their ability to trust is eroded due to the isolation they experienced as an infant. In most cases, this leads to the inability to form relationships and the underdevelopment of social skills. In Child of God, Cormac McCarthy uses perspective, symbolism, and theme to explore self imposed and societally inflicted isolation and to show

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    Jesus as a Divine Child: Son of God Luke’s Jesus is able to identify with certainty that he is human through his relationships and actions, but the same can also be said about his understanding of his own divinity. Luke allows Jesus to recognize his divinity at an early age. Even when he is only twelve, Jesus understands that he is the “Son of God.” According to Fitzmyer, Jesus’ words in Luke 2:49 are “the Gospel’s first pronouncement story…It puts on the lips of Jesus an implied statement about

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    parents that were not supportive and were often neglected by the parents. In the book God Help the Child by Toni Morrison, the main character Bride grew up with a tough mother, sweetness. Sweetness gave her a hard time from the day she was born about the way she looked, her skin color, and always questioned her appearance on why she was so different. As well as her husband, Booker who went through a lot of trauma as a child, teen, and even an adult. However I don’t think growing up with

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