The book of Esther takes us to a historical time in the Bible in the land of Persia, at a time when heroic acts of beauty take a stand for the people of her country. The loyalty and dedication wins the hearts of many that fear the power of royalty.
The bible can teach us many different life lessons. These life lessons can relate to every aspect in life, whether it’s through reading proverbs or reading one of the many stories. We as humans have a distinct characteristics that separates us from other living things. We have the ability to think, feel, act, have desires, and most importantly the ability to reason, unlike animals. Reasoning is the action of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way and allows us to think about our own nature and the nature of God. As the passage 2 Timothy 3:16 reads, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”. Proverbs and the story of Esther and Joseph are all
When Esther tried to end her life by overdosing on pills, she describes the experience of being found and rescued in a manner
Defining what a hero is, many people think about a person who is brave, an ideal and strong, but for me a hero is someone who saves other people, and Esther is an example of that heroine. The Jewish festival of Purim can be compared to Halloween; this holiday was an inspiration of Esther; making her the only woman who approved the Jewish religious tradition. The book of Esther is a unique book because there is no direct mention of God, but it does not mean that God has no sovereignty in Esther’s life, this is what intrigues many readers including me to understand the logic of excluding God especially since this story is in the Bible. In addition to God not mentioned, I also find Esther’s story to be intriguing because she is smart, obedient and courage. In my paper, I will be focusing on how Esther is a positive role model and a heroine for the Jews. To support my claims, I will include the Bible, two scholarly articles “Keeping God out of the Book of Esther” by Gregory R. Goswell, and “Heartless Bimbo or Subversive Role Model?: A Narrative (Self) Critical Reading of the Character of Esther” by Angeline Song and last a website article “Esther: Hidden Beauty” by Sara Esther Crispe.
Buddy Willard is the medical student Esther Greenwood is expected to marry. Their mothers are good friends, and it is clear that both of their families anticipate their marriage. At first, even Esther and Buddy did. However, before Buddy went to the TB facility, he unintentionally exposed himself, in Esther’s
Both women also find freedom through immersion in water. In The Bell Jar, Esther Greenwood finds freedom in her baths. She takes baths to clean and purify herself from the grime of the world around her, even saying “I never feel so much myself as when I’m in a hot bath” (Plath 20). Edna
The book of Esther began with King Xerxes needing to pick a new queen. Beautiful women came from all over 127 provinces to his palace in the hope that they would be chosen as queen. He selected Esther, who was from the tribe of Benjamin. She decided to keep her Jewish identity hidden from the king. Esther was an orphan who was raised by her uncle, Mordecai. The king appointed a man named Haman as Prime Minister, and Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, refused to bow down before Haman. Haman was infuriated by this and he asked King Xerxes for permission to destroy all of the Jewish people. He said to the king, “There are certain people, scattered and spread out among the peoples in all the states of your kingdom, their laws are different from other peoples and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not worth it for the king to leave them alive” (Esther 3:8). The king agreed and ordered for all of the Jewish people to be killed. Mordecai heard about the order and told Esther that she had to change the kings mind. Esther ended up revealing to the king that she was Jewish, and said that Haman was an enemy. The king was angry and ended up hanging Haman. The king appointed Mordecai as his new Prime Minister, in the place of Haman. Mordecai granted the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against those who try to harm them. The Jewish people were saved and successfully defeated their enemies throughout the provinces.
Esther’s depression begins from the start of the novel. She even wonders why she feels sad, as she “was supposed to be the envy of thousands of other college girls just like me all over America” (Plath 2). Esther understands that her situation is better than that of most girls and is incapable of even understanding why she is upset with her life. After a night out, she simply states, “The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence” (Plath 15). Esther feels that she is not like others at her age or even like others in New York. She prefers to be alone, and she purposely leaves her friends during her night out to get away from all of the commotion. She later thinks about all of the dreams she has and
In the novel, Esther spent her whole life trying to please her mother with her academic successes since her mother nurtures the irrational ideology that women should apprentice a pragmatic skill such as shorthand writing along with a college degree in order for them to support themselves. Consequently, Esther contemplates on her life saying: “From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked [...] I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig-tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which figs i would choose (73) . Esther’s society in the 50s era imposes different notions for male and female careers. As a matter of fact, women are expected to be homemakers, wives, and mothers and to dedicate their energies to caring for men and children instead of following their own dreams. Esther’s mother, Mrs. Wilard establishes this customary path and faith that Esther should believe in. Being in this position, Esther must give up her ambitions witfully. Esther’s mother basically started the root of the obstacle in Esther’s life since as stated in a Women’s Studies Reader: “Today’s high rate of emotional distress and breakdown among women in their twenties and thirties is usually attributed to this ‘role crisis’. If girls were educated for
This is a historical story of good versus evil, from rags to riches, the Book of Esther is a unique story in the Bible. The story is played out though characters, rather than God himself. This story provides us with the view of the Jewish community who remained exiled from
This women is a princess,this princess was married to Prince Charles. According to Princess Diana a book,Princess Diana once said “The biggest disease is people feeling unloved”(princess Diana). When studying about Princess Diana of Wales, is important to know her childhood, time being a princess,and life plus a death apart from the throne.
Within the “Family Life Cycle Theory”, Esther is at the stage of “Raising Children” which focusing on the child’s needs and one’s career. In the example, you can see this by Esther being able to provide for her family by maintaining a full-time job, and being able to maintain the house, and pay for extracurricular activities for the children. Furthermore, her taking care of her children by coming into get services to help with Robert’s behaviour, so Esther is ensure that the child’s needs are being taken care of. Esther is able to maintain time for herself, and establishing relationships. But within the Family Life Cycle, it does not talk about a divorce and how that impacts the family structure, or does not take into account the impact of
My favorite Bible story is the story of Esther, her love for God, and her frog age and bravery for her people. Esther was a sweet, obedient, humble , courageous and loyal character Satan has always tried to stop the plans of God, destroy God’s people, the Jews, the church,
One of the wonders of the Christian faith is the people it produces and their determination to do what is right in the eyes of God, no matter the risks. Throughout the old testament, there are numerous accounts of specific people that show a
The book of Esther is the story of a young girl that stood up to save her people. During the rule of King Ahasuerus, 478 bc, Esther was able to gain the trust of the King, become Queen, stop the genocide of the Jewish community and become apart of history. Although no one knows who wrote the story of Esther there is a reason we needed to know about the courage and strengths of Queen Esther.