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Final Miracles Project

Pre-AP English 9 Period 5 Bryant.
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Anand Sekar

on 9 May 2013

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Transcript of Final Miracles Project

The Motif of Miracles In Peace Like a River Definition of Miracles 1. Reuben's Birth 4. Swede's Saddle 5. Healing Mr.Holgren's Face 3. Endless Soup Bowl 6. Passing State Troopers an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law "Mother cried out, Dad turned back to me, a clay child wrapped in a canvas coat, and said in a normal voice, 'Reuben Land, in the name of the living God I am telling you to breathe'"(Enger 3). "And then, as I stood watching, Dad walked right off the edge of the truck. ... And did not fall. He went on pacing - God my witness - walking on air, praying relentlessly, a good yard of absolutely nothing between the soles of his boots and the thistles below,"(Enger 17). "A small pot of soup. Was I the only one who noticed how many bowls were served, how the pot was replenished as through from a well, how there was somehow enough again and again to fill the ladle? Cleaning up the dishes after supper I felt a surprising weight in the faithful vessel, and lifting the lid, beheld a pot still more than half full of our king of soups. Make of it what you will,"(Enger 47). "I ran my hand down the slope of the horn, down the slick sitting place and up the swept cantle, and that's when I noticed that the flaw - the pulled-apart leather Davy had been unable to fix, that he'd apologized for - was gone... The wound had simply healed up... Make of that what you will,"(Enger 48). "Dad lifted his hand, sudden as a windshift, touched Holgren's face and pulled away...Then I saw that his bedeviled complexion - that face set always at a rolling boil - had changed,"(Enger 80). "An easy assignment, wouldn't you think? Stopping a family in a green Plymouth wagon, pulling a twenty-foot Airstream trailer? They didn't get us, though; not even one of them saw us, though we saw them, as I've described; we tiptoed through that town like a fat boy through a wolf pack. Make of it what you will,"(Enger 167). By Anand Sekar Reuben's Perspective "For too long it's been used to characterize things or events that, though pleasant, are entirely normal... A clear sunrise after an overcast week - a miracle, people say, as if they've been educated from greeting cards... Such things are worth our notice everyday of the week, but to call them miracles evaporates the strength of the word. Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. When a person dies, the earth is generally unwilling to cough him back up. A miracle contradicts the will of the Earth"(Enger 3). Reuben's perspective is important because he is both the narrator and the witness of Jeremiah's miracles. Reuben's birth was truly a miracle by contradicting the will of the Earth, which was living when he was supposed to die. It's Reuben's first experience of a miracle and starts off the beginning of the book. The book begins with this miracle and ends with Reuben saying his Anaphora, "Make of it what you will," after every miracle. This introduction and conclusion puts further emphasis on miracles all throughout the book, making it the primary motif. 2. Jeremiah Walking on Air Walking on air is not something that you see everyday. While he was floating, Jeremiah was so deep in prayer that he didn't even notice his own miracle. This shows how Jeremiah's faith in God is one of the main reasons why these miracles occur. This is another event that you don't see happening everyday (other than those endless toothpaste tubes you get a couple times a year). Swede's birthday was a happy event and nobody was in a time of need or desperation. This miracle shows how miracles don't always need to happen whenever there is a problem or predicament, but rather can happen at anytime, anywhere. This is another miracle that Reuben witnesses right after Swede's birthday party. Reuben also remembers that his dad was the one who picked it up, and could have been the only one to repair the permanent damage. This was a really simple miracle that wasn't life changing. Even Swede didn't notice the smooth leather before Reuben pointed it out. Miracles don't happen everyday, yet most aren't life changing or destiny altering either. This miracle that Reuben witnessed was one that Reuben didn't like at all. He didn't think that Principal Holgren should have been healed when he had betrayed Jeremiah. This does not only add to the motif of miracles, but further improves the theme of forgiving your enemies. Jeremiah did know a lot about war and conflict due to his son murdering his enemy. Rather than slapping Mr. Holgren, like I would have, he forgave, pitied, and healed him. This is a miracle not only because he instantly healed someone's face, but because he forgave his enemy. This is another miracle showing how the faith in God is a main cause. They went on for many miles on their gas tank without stopping and didn't get noticed by Andreeson's state troopers. This most likely happened because of Jeremiah's prayers, which finally judged if they would get caught or travel freely. Conclusion Miracles is one of the most significant motifs of the book. The book ends with, "Make of it what you will," making the whole story seem like a report of Jeremiah's miracles witnessed by Reuben.
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