Biblical Allusions

The Wilderness

Bradford describes the Pilgrims’ plight as facing “a hideous and desolate wilderness,” and says they could not “go up to the top of Pisgah, to view from this wilderness, a more goodly country to feed their hopes.”  Unless students are familiar with the books of the Pentateuch which describe, among other historical events, the wandering […]

An Eye for an Eye

Mrs. Heathcliff tells Ellen Dean, in chapter 17, “On only one condition can I hope to forgive him [her husband]. It is, if I may take an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; for every wrench of agony return a wrench: reduce him to my level.” The law of Moses demanded, for […]