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Timothy Findley's Novel "Not Wanted On The Voyage"

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Turning the first page into this novel, Not Wanted on the Voyage by author Timothy Findley, I noticed all the religious excepts from the King James version of the Bible. This mere detail fascinated me, and gave an excellent leap into the chapters that so fourth proceeded.
The novel commences with a very slow passing of events.. We, as the reader, are introduced into his figment imagination: the exaggerated setting and characterization of the bible. Though the use to re-read many of the passages was necessary, I found it hard to remember all the names of the characters that Findley has associated names, which are additional details contrasting the bible. There is a fair amount of ...view middle of the document...

Noyes admits to the fact that she feels alone and worrisome by keeping all her ideas collected up inside her creative mind; it is also written in the novel, that the only other living thing that she feels safe with is Mottyl, her cat. Mrs. Noyes has a tender heart, and through this heart does she and Mottyl bond a wordless bond. Through the sinple task of listening to her ideas, Mottyl is a confort zone for Mrs. Noyes, as well as Mrs. Noyes being a lifesaving comfort zone for Mottyl. Since Mrs. Noyes had saved her life repeatedly when Doctor Noyes had threatened it, they developed a connection of dependency on one another to keep their comfort zone stable. This zone is extremely significant when Noah presents the intention of a lamb sacrifice to Yaweh. Turns out that the sacrificed lamb was the baby of a sheep that Mrs. Noyes had taught how to sing, and that the baby greeted her with a cry of recognition before the slaughter began. In her mind, she had only pure thoughts to "[go] at once and [kiss] it on the forehead and [pick] it up and [hold] it and [carry] it all the way down the hill in her mind and [give] it back to the field from which it had been taken..." (p.26) Considerate thoughts like this are deeds I am partial to see occur in the novel and throughout our daily lives.
Clearly the antagonist in this piece of literature is Doctor Noah Noyes. He is exceedingly dominant in all that he does and greatly influenced by the knowledge that he gained from reading the letter sent to him from God himself. Such mental power, I find, will create conflict between himself and his family. His difference in opinion is truly significant in the first chapter, because it has to entangle the sacrificing of the lamb. As...

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