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...