“War-World without End”

In the story, Moonlight, I noticed how the narrator kept repeating, “War-world without end.” ┬áIt reminded me of the Glory Be prayer. The prayer follows as: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.” The narrator uses the last line of the prayer but associates it with the war. Now it seems that the narrator is mocking the prayer, which is unfortunate but also a common theme, since we see people continuously falling out of faith. However, the main point that I wanted to bring up is that in the prayer it talks about how God has always been and always will exist even when the world ends. Another common theme we see is that many of the characters in the books we have read have become hopeless and do not think that the war will ever end. This is the same in this book. The narrator is so used to being apart of this war, that it seems that war has always existed and will always exist. Therefore, she is comparing the war to God implying that it is as powerful as Him to exist forever.

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  1. I never thought about the war as God but I can see that metaphor now. I also saw the Glory Be prayer and saw it as a critique of the moon. How it is always above the world looking down on the carnage below. Perhaps the moon is meant to represent God and the ways of the world that still exist despite devastation. I think this is why the narrator can’t stand the natural world because the things of beauty, shouldn’t exist and yet they do and will forever as they are not as fragile and perhaps symbolize eternity. Do you think the speaker fears her own vulnerability in this sense? Also awesome title by the way, I love it!

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