Professor Serene Gokhale
English Comp. 2
March 11, 2014
Christian Literary Analysis of Endurance
"For love we endured," an unspoken understanding between two women, each one with an
outcome different from the other. As one wonders about this kind of love and what the end gain
was, we are led to remember the sufferings Christ endured so that our end gain could be new life.
Life was renewed through His love, whilst life and freedom was gained through His death. One
woman endured for her soon to be husband, whilst the other endured because of her husband.
Through trials we become stronger and true love comes from recognition of truth. The question
is where is that love located, in life or death? As Christians we know" to live is to die in Christ"
(Philippians 1:24). To have a full life we must live in Christ, death is gaining freedom from this
life full of sin into eternal life.
Mrs. Mallard endured the oppression of that era because of her commitment to her marriage. The
bible says," Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives,
and do not be harsh with them" (Colossians 3:18-19). She seemed to be content enough with
honoring her vows as we never saw anything hinting at abuse. This is a Christian approach to
how one should view marriage. Both of them were victims to the times and norm of society.
When one stays steadfast in the will of God there is a reward awaiting in the heavenly kingdom
and a promise for new life.
She had done all she could as a wife and endured much due to the sanctity of marriage . The Bible
says, "Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled" (Hebrews
13:4). Mrs. Mallard found her new life in the news of her husband's death. The author writes,
"Free, body and soul, free" (--------). When she heard the news of Mr. Mallard supposed death,
there seemed to be some sort of confusion as to what will happen to her. It was as though she
was a bit lost as she seeks answers to her life. Our life without Christ is of such and the fear of
the unknown is always prevalent. Not much thought is put into the pain Jesus the physical man
went through so that we can be free. The significance of his death does not mean much to some.
Mrs. Mallard did not put much thought into the pain her husband might have felt and instead of
going to their room for comfort, she goes to her place of comfort and refuge, which shows
discord. This reminds me of when someone hurts and is in despair, we go to God, He is our place
of comfort and strength. If one is not in accord with Christ then one will seek comfort in things
that might lead to destruction. She wanted clarity concerning the situation. Even though the story
describes her as weak, yet she was strong. As Christians we constantly go through trials and
testing's but is encouraged that these things only come to make us stronger. The bible states,
"… not only that, but we...