Esther knows that she should feel grateful for what has been given to her, but she can’t bring herself to fell anything. These thoughts cause her great internal conflict. This demonstrates how much the disease has taken control of her to leaving her helpless. She knows what she wants to fell, but her mind is not responding and is keeping her from these
Jewish history and its overall themes are expressed through The Book of Esther, which is in The Holy Bible. This sacred text takes place in 486 BC, when King Xerxes I ruled Persia. This story is an historical interpretation of the life of Queen Esther along with the lives of the Jewish people. Even though The Book of Esther is only ten chapters, it contains many rich themes. Also, the characters exercise many different traits such as: fortitude, empathy, and divine providence. The Book of Esther explores many themes, such as faith, manipulation, and courage in order to show the Jews, who are living in exile, that it is possible to gain success in the country of one’s exile without showing one’s true identity.
The book of Esther teaches lessons that are directly, and indirectly towards events that happen between the good and bad people associated with this story. This would relate to today’s story when one does a good deed and returns receives a reward for their action, such as Mordecai and Esther working together to insure the safety of the Jewish people. Another would be how Esther, and Mordecai maintained their community and religious identity in a foreign territory and yet uneducated to what events were about to take place they stood in honor for their
Esther was an orphan who was raised by her cousin Mordecai (Leath, 2010). There came a time that she would go from orphan to queen. Esther lived in Persia, where King Ahasuerus ruled. A day arrived that Queen Vashti refused to obey King Ahasuerus and was soon replaced by Esther (Leath, 2010). During this time, the King held ultimate power and everyone was subject to the king’s authority. Consequently, Queen Vashti displayed disobedience by not obeying the King and was punished by being removed as queen (Leath, 2010). However, the removal of Queen Vashti paved the way for Esther and she was purposefully placed in position as queen. This seized
In the Book of Esther, Esther’s role and power in the saving of the Jews is undervalued.
Very popular among the Jewish people, Esther was one of the very last books to be accepted into the bible, and was accepted only because of its relationship with the festival of Purim. The Lord is not mentioned once in this book of the bible, and the only Jewish religious practice talked about is fasting. (Esther 4:16). The rabbis were conflicted by Esther’s failed ways to live as a Jew. She had sexual relationships and married a man and lived in the Persian society, and did not follow the Jewish laws. In addition, Esther had been taken to assignment by both female and male presenters for her willingness to participate in Persian customs, and by Christian commentators for her noticeable murderous in destroying people. (Esther 9:1–15). All these disapprovals, however are unsuccessful to grasp the true purpose of the book.
The book of Esther tells the faithfulness of one woman and her uncle. It is only one of two books that contain the heroism and bravery of a woman heroine. The story of Esther accomplishes two profound things, the first: “To demonstrate God’s providential care of his people, even those outside the land of Israel, and 2) to commend the observance of the feast of Purim by relating how it originated” (Breneman 289).Unlike the rest of the Bible the story of Esther does not directly state or talk about God, but instead shows God’s plans for all of our lives and how in all frightening moments of life, He remains faithful to those who trust and have faith in Him. “In spite of the omission of any name for deity, there is no other book in all the
She was sold in a slave auction, along with a few other slaves, few other slaves, and purchased by the slave owner Joseph Parish. The walk about the plantation was a long one as the very people she loved so dearly was forced to be only a batch of memories, she knew that she would never see her mother, or father again. The last words of her mother repeatedly played over, and over in her head as she walked with the other newly bought slaves on the way to the cotton plantation. Be strong my child, know that this is what you were born to do, but promise me, if you bear a child of your own, please make them free, said Esther 's mother as she had her daughter stripped right out of her arms. Her father would console her mother as the very thing her family hoped, and prayed wouldn 't happen, happened. This wasn 't new to Esther as both her parents brought her into the world of slavery, they all knew that possibly one day their family could be split up. The first couple of weeks without having her parents by her side were difficult, without having their guidance. She was lost. Even though tears may have flown down her face that did not stop her from doing her duties as a field slave. Day in and day out, Esther picked hundreds of pounds of cotton a day, outdoing the rest of the slaves. This would later grab the attention of one the plantation 's overseers, Seth Parish. My, my, my, you all let this young, beautiful, negro girl out pick you all by the
To begin with Esther was a jewish girl that was hiding her jewish identity(Esther: Bible). She became Queen of the Persian Empire because of her youth and beauty and married King Ahasuerus. Esther's cousin, named Mordecai, was trying to gain power from Haman who was an enemy of Israel. Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman. Haman got angry and made a plan to put Mordecai to death along with all
Esther refuses to allow society to control her life. Esther has a completely different approach to life than the rest of her peers do. The average woman during this time is supposed to be happy and full of joy. Esther, on the other hand, attempts to repress her natural gloom, cynicism, and dark humor. This eventually becomes too hard for her and causes her emotions to go crazy. She begins to have ideas
When Esther first arrives in New York, she doesn't have the same reaction that most of the other girls around her have. She enforces this reaction when she says “I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn't get myself to react.” From a psychological perspective we could tell that something is deeply wrong with her. She is isolating herself from others. According to Saul McLeod, the author of the article called “Psycho dynamic Approach” states that “our behaviors and feelings as adults are powerfully affected by the unconscious thoughts” . This means that unconscious are a product of behaviors and feelings. She is unable to think in a rational way because of her inability to control the balance between her conscious and unconscious thoughts.
At first read the book of Esther is a story of a Queen who was able to achieve a heroic act that saved her people from being destroyed. However as you examine the story it’s more than a historic story of triumph, but through the actions of the characters in the story it becomes a blueprint for many aspects of leadership. By examining the different dimensions of the leadership traits of King Ahasuerus, Haman, Mordecai and Esther will represent the different facet of developing into a leader.
Also seen in the Old Testament, Esther parallels Joseph by assimilating from being a passive commoner to a queen, the highest royal position for a woman. Her life entirely changes when she marries King Ahasuerus
Many times in the books of Esther chapter four, Mordechai and Esther demonstrate levels of power relationship; power differs across affinity domains, the decision process of power, the interdependence reflection of power and resisting influence. The domain power structure developed between Mordechai and Esther was affectionately strong because of the relationship between them as cousins and an adoption as a daughter. For example, according to Esther chapter two verse seven, Mordechai brought up Esther – the daughter of his uncle, whose parents passed away. For that reason, Mordechai affectionately cares and love his uncle’s daughter as his daughter, that builds trust, and commitment, between them. Both Mordechai and Esther used passionate language to convey their decision process. Example; "Mordecai command to answer Esther, think not with thyself that you shall escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews." That made Esther in deciding to fast with her servants before presenting herself before the king as well as interceding and sacrificing herself for the Jews (Esther 4:13). It is evident that Haman expected widespread public participation in his plan to exterminate the Jews. Then, Esther called for a corporate and comprehensive, fast, thoroughly praying for God’s intervention "so she will go to the king, which is not in agreement with the law: and if she perishes, she perishes." (Esther 4:16) Though, Esther knew that going into the presence of the King without
The book of Esther has two excellent examples of empowered women, maybe not in the modern sense of the word, but both Esther and Vashti did the best they could with the circumstances they were given. This book deals with problems of sexism, racial discrimination, the mistreatment of women’s bodies, and the power given to women. It also shows the changes that strong women can make in their roles in society. Vashti is an example of personal integrity to the women of her society, and Esther is discerning enough to save a whole people group from extinction.