The Book Of The Grotesque Essay

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The Book of the GrotesqueThe significance of the passage is that it describes the main character's state of mind, body, and soul. The story is based on the writer who has written a book about the grotesque individuals he has met in his life. He writes about everyone who has had an impact on him throughout his life. The Book of the Grotesque is based on how people take the truth and turn it into something that is no longer beautiful. The writer is happy to be able to reach his old age and be able to rest in peace because he has something special inside. I believe this something special can be compared to the Holy Spirit mentioned in the bible. The Spirit of God dwelling in a believer gives joy on the inside. I believe the writer's something special is like that of the Holy Spirit. "Perfectly still he lay in bed and his body was old and not of much use any more, but something inside him was altogether young. He was like a pregnant woman, only that the thing inside him was not a baby but a youth" (Anderson 153). That same spirit protects him from becoming grotesque like the individuals around him. "No, it wasn't youth, it was a woman, young, and wearing a coat of mail like a knight" (Anderson 153).I believe what was inside the old man was a joyful spirit that kept him ecstatic. Ecstatic to have reached such an old age and from becoming grotesque as he has seen in others, "The grotesque were not all horrible. Some were amusing, some almost beautiful, and one, a woman all drawn out of shape, hurt the old man by her grotesque" (Anderson 153).The writer appears to be using phrases similar to the bible, the book of Genesis, which leads me to believe that what is inside the old man is a spirit. "That in the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as a truth. Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts" (Anderson 153). This quote reminds me of the Pharisees in the bible when they took the truth of God and formulated it to gain benefits and favor of the people for themselves rather than the truth leading the people to the source of truth, God. "There was the truth of virginity and the truth of passion, the truth of wealth and of poverty, of thrift...

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