Christina: Saint or Sinner?

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Well what exactly is the meaning of a true Saint? And what are these characteristics we seem to associate with a sinner? Those saints who have been canonized by the church have sinned, so do we consider them sinners? Or do we only consider those who have committed deadly sins… sinners? Well I honestly think that we are all sinners. The extent or amount of our sins may vary but not one of us can say they we perfect. I strongly feel that you would all agree that Christina is just a regular woman who wanted to care for her family but got caught in the sad aftermath of her large mistake. When we look at the whole character of Christina from beginning to end we will be able to note that she is just a regular person who did commit sins. We can also say that Christina held more saintly characteristics then half the characters in this Book.

As most of us here have read Christina does commit adultery and sadly Vittorio does whiteness a part of this occurrence. Does this mistake really make Christina a sinner? I say no we cannot judge her on this mistake alone, and neither can anyone else in the village of Valle de Sole. We have to understand that her husband, whom she loved and was the father of her child, left her. ‘What’s this?’ The man shrugged. ‘Something to get you through the winter.’ ‘He sends me money through the bank,’ my mother said. ‘He probably needs this money more than I do – I hear he’s living in a chicken coop.’ ‘It’s a room attached to Umbertos Di Menna’s barn,’ Alfredo said. ‘He must have told you in his letters. They fixed it up so he has water and electricity. ‘He doesn’t tell me anything in his letters,’ my mother said. ‘He only complains. Here, look for your self.’ She scanned quickly the letter the man had given her. ‘ Ah, perfetto, here—“Make sure Vittorio has some warm clothes for the winter.” And I should feel lucky he reminds me, because otherwise the poor boy would run around naked.’ Alfredo fingered the rim of his hat. ‘He’s going to buy a farm,’ he said. ‘He wants to bring you over.’ ‘ He knows I won’t leave my father,’ my mother said, a little quickly, ‘Anyway if he thinks I’ll go there to live in a barn he’s wrong. We have some fine stables right here in Valle del Sole.” (96 Ricci) We can sense Cristina’s frustration with her husband in this quote. Not many people were aware of what it was like to be in Christina’s position and how lonely she might have felt at times. She had to raise Vittorio without the help of a father figure and the man she loved left her hanging on a promise that said he would be with her again. It was tough for her to always hear from towns people that her husband had plans to bring her over to America and they were never followed through. Although Christina says she would not leave her father, her husband never even made an effort to move her to Canada. Christina surrendered to her feelings in a weak moment of passion, which can be understandable considering how her husband was treating her. He was abusive when he was with her and he left her alone with her 3-year-old child. It was unclear as to why he had to move to Canada and all the letters he sent to Christina were negative and full of complaints instead of love. Here is an example that proves Christina’s confusion with her husband found on of the book. “‘He doesn’t know what he wants!’ my mother would say. ‘One day he says he’s coming back to wring my neck, the next that I can go to the dogs, the next he wants me over there on the next boat. Last week he sent me a letter to give to the embassy in Rome, to get a visa. As if I’m going to travel half the way around the world in my condition. And then to put up with the same idiocy I put up with here!’” (159 Ricci) All this contributed to Christina’s state of mind. She wanted a partner who would love her and although we cannot applaud her affair, is it really right to condemn her?

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