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Wine of Astonishment

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QUESTION: Consider the novel The Wine of Astonishment then discuss the ways in which the author deals with the following themes: a) Religion
b) Politics
c) Love

Love equals life, Religion brings meaning to it, but politics complicates it. Does politics bring unity like how love does? Does love bring spirituality like how religion does? And why does politics bring corruption among ones that show love and spirituality? Three major aspects of life as seen in the novel The Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace are: Religion, Politics and love. Religion plays an integral role in the lives of many in the novel and was the most controversial aspect. “Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble” Proclaimed- Ralph Waldo Emerson. The main religious person in the novel The Wine of Astonishment was Bee. Bee was a man of faith, patience, and a man of his people. He was the preacher for the Spiritual Baptist Church but this church was not liked by many as the spirit became free which was illegal and they were not liked also because of their excessive noise, this is why they were also called the “Shouters Baptist Church”. “But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power” Acts 1:8. One instance in the novel where this can be justified and quoted is “It come, the Spirit…and it catch Bee up… it hold him up and walk him down from the pulpit to the centre post.”(Chapter 4, Page 45) Bees Character showed his faith and he used his faith for his path of empowerment and with this he realizes that for the benefit of his people, he must wait and be patient until the injustice is lifted to preach again in the Spiritual Baptist way. Religion maybe a major part in the lives of many in Bonasse but Politics was always being questioned. Why does it bring a sense of discomfort in Bonasee? The council before Ivan Morton was elected,was made up of whites only and so the voices of the citizens...