Esteban and Religion
The story of The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World starts with a corpse washing up on shore of a small island village. Eventually villagers find the big bulky body of the corpse and take it on up to the village. While the men go and search nearby villages to ask if they are missing anyone, the women take over and begin to obsess about the corpse and even decide to give him a name, Esteban. This made the corpse more personal then it ever should be. They start to think that the corpse could have had a good life and just keep obsessing over it. Eventually it's not only the women that are obsessed over the corpse but now the men begin to treat it God-like. In a story like this, that's not concrete and is supposed to make you think, one has to make an assumption of what the story is trying to say and/or what you are you interoperating it to say. I had to read this story a number of times to try to understand what it is trying to tell me, and finally I began to understand and make my assumption of the story. I suspect the story was trying to relate religion and Esteban together. It is a hard idea to understand and a little out there but then I started to think about ways religion is related to Esteban. For example, how was the difficulty the villagers had dealt with Esteban's body related to religion also being a burden? How the positive and negative thoughts of Esteban life relate to thinking of salvation and damnation that you see in religion? Finally I want to explore the relationship between how religion changes us, and how Esteban left the village before he was thrown back into the ocean and properly buried.
In the story the Handsomest Man, the corpse, Esteban is found and then is then is taken to the village and that where the first problem starts. Esteban is way too big to get in most of the houses, and when he squeezes into a house, but they can't even get clothes to change him into. His clothes are tattered and they want to give him...
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