Hello everyone! I know- it has been way too long since I have posted anything, and, in case you’d like to know why, I was sick, then we had a million other things to do and I am sorry that I wasn’t able to post a bunch of Fourth of July Recipes out here! :( But nevertheless, I will still tell y’all from where I stand(ahem-sit) in Louisiana:
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYONE!!! :)
May God bless America and continue to bless us until the end of our days! However, we must pray earnestly for our country and beg God to give us the courage to fight back in an ever-growing battle for our freedom in the United States of America.
Anyways, today, I am going to give you a book review and book analysis of Shane by Jack Shaefer. I had to read it recently for a school report, and I loved the book so much that I had to share it with y’all! It gives a true example of what being a real man is all about. :) If you have not read it yet, I’ll give a quick synopsis: OK, it is about this man named Shane(who is a gunman and who is also very talented with a gun) who wanders into the territory of the Starretts. Shane has a troubled past where he undoubtedly did something that made him ashamed of his decision(s). So- he decides to give up on being a gunman and strive to become a farmer-something he has very little knowledge about.
So, as the story continues, he starts to like his knew life with the Starretts and he starts to treat them as his own family. However, the antagonist of the story, Fletcher, is a greedy ranchman who wants to buy everybody’s land and he eventually brings on a hired killer to do his nasty work so that Joe Starrett will fear the killer and will sell his land to Fletcher. Since Joe Starrett is a well-known and respected man throughout that area, Fletcher though that once Starrett sold, everyone else would sell as well and he would own the entire area. However, Shane decides to help out and, after months of mental torment due to whatever happened in his past(Shane was afraid of himself with a gun and he didn’t want to relive his past), Shane finally decides to kill in order to protect his new found family and their property. It is truly a story of self-sacrifice and honor. Shane and Joe show themselves as the perfect examples of true gentlemen.
Anyways, here is my analysis of the character of Shane. Enjoy! (By the way, it earned an full score A!) :)
In the book, Shane, written by Jack Shaefer, readers can conclude that Shane was a good and honorable man. Firstly, Shane demonstrated his good and honorable nature by his courage. Also, Shane showed in many ways what a hardworking man he truly was. Finally, Shane was clearly a man with persistent loyalty. In the book, Shane, by Jack Shaefer, Shane demonstrated how he was a true and noble gentleman by his courage, his hard-working personality, and his persistent loyalty.
Shane demonstrated in many various ways his undying and honorable courage. For example, once, when Shane was in town with Bob, one of Fletcher’s men was taunting Shane and mocking him. Despite the man’s insults, Shane remained calm and collective, responding to his opponent patiently and without anger. In addition to that, Shane kept his gun rolled up in his saddle blanket and refused to wear it until his duty required it. Also, when Fletcher had brought in a sturdy killer to try and force people to sell their property, Shane bravely took on the responsibility of fighting the learned killer, even if it meant sacrificing his own life. Despite difficult and trying situations, Shane remained courageous and never lost control of his emotions, leading to noble and wise decisions.
Shane also displayed throughout the book his hard-working personality. When he had first arrived at the Starretts, Joe Starrett had simply mentioned the fact that he had been trying but was unable to uproot the stump of a huge tree. Immediately, Shane got to work hacking at the stump and continued to do so until it came out of the ground. Also, when Joe Starrett offered Shane a job as a farm hand, Shane accepted even though he was not a farmer and was not familiar with farm work. Finally, when Joe Starrett had left on a trip for a few days, Shane took it into his own hands to strip down the Starretts’ smaller corral and build a much larger one. Shane’s hard-working and diligent personality is truly an example of his honorable and noble nature.
Finally, Shane exhibited persistent and enduring loyalty. For instance, when he had first started working for the Starretts, he would choose to sit at the table in the chair that was opposite the door so that he could confront anyone coming through the door, in order to protect his new found friends. Additionally, when he had started to fight, he was considering leaving the Starretts. However, when Marian begged Shane to stay because they needed him to save their land from Fletcher, Shane agreed to stay and promised her that they would not lose their property. In like manner, before Shane left to fight the final battle with Wilson, the hired killer, he knocked Joe Starrett unconscious in order to protect him and to keep him from getting hurt by Wilson. When the safety of his new friends demanded it, Shane fought and even killed to protect the Starretts and their property, despite the fact that he disliked both of those things. Despite whatever had happened in Shane’s past life, his choice to always put his new found friends and their problems before his own was clearly a mark of a true, heroic nature.
In the book, Shane, by Jack Shaefer, the author clearly illustrated that by Shane’s courage, his hard-working personality, and his loyalty, he displayed the true picture of a gentleman. Even in difficult periods during his stay at the Starretts, he remained in control of his emotions and pursued courage always. Shane’s good and honorable nature is also shown by his tenacious and hard-working personality. Finally, Shane’s loyalty and his choice to put other’s problems in front of his own was a sure mark of a true hero. Shane’s courage and tenacity to do the right thing at the right time, despite his rough past, is a clear sign to young readers that it is not one’s past actions that makes him a hero, but his present actions.
And here is my theme analysis:
The book, Shane, by Jack Shaefer, demonstrates the theme that no matter where one is from, who he is, or what he has done in his past, one always has the ability to accept who he is and be a true and righteous man. The main character in this story is Shane, who was a quiet, yet respectful and kind, wandering gunman; no one knew who he was or where he came from. Shane had a past which troubled him greatly. He found the Starretts and began working for Joe Starrett because he wanted to start his life over again without guns, but as a farmer. He never carried his gun, even though he was a gunman and all the men wore guns in those parts during that time. When Shane had gotten into a fight with one of Fletcher’s workhands because he had been insulting both Shane and all the farmers, he kept justifying in his mind whether or not it was right to fight him. Again, when Joe Starrett was talking of how a real man could not put up with something if he was to go on living with himself, Shane fell into a mental torment of his past, questioning once again his actions of the past. However, when faced with the threatening fact that Fletcher would kill Joe Starrett for his property, Shane was able to overcome his fear and dread of his past, put on his gun again, and be himself, in order to protect his new family. When the time finally came for him to use his gun, he decided to quit being a farmer and to bring out the true and entire Shane: a true man with a gun. When he had knocked out Joe, he told Marian, with utmost honesty, that “no man need be ashamed of being beaten by Shane.” He was telling her who he truly was without the least bit of pride or shame. Furthermore, Shane shot and killed two men, fearless and fully confident in himself. Finally, after killing the two men, Shane left, telling Bob that he finally accepted who he was and warning Bob that a man is what he is and that one can never break that mold. By Shane’s acceptance of his true self and of his past, he was able to be a great example, for all the men in that town, of a true and righteous man.
So, there you have it: my take on the book Shane! I am looking forward to watching the movie too. Hey, it is an older book and movie, but sometimes, in this hectic and full-blown world we live in, it is nice for a little bit of the older times of cowboys and plowing and cows! :)
Well, gotta go! But, before I go, I want to insert here a small little excerpt from St. Faustina’s diary concerning the Divine Mercy of Jesus! :) Jesus is talking to US! :D
“Fix your eyes upon me and live according to what you see. I desire that you penetrate into My spirit more deeply and understand that I am meek and humble of heart… if you knew what great merit and reward is earned by one act of pure love for Me, you would die of joy. I am saying this that you may constantly unite yourself with Me through love, for this is the goal of the life of your soul. This act is an act of the will. Know that a pure soul is humble. When you lower and empty yourself before My majesty, I then pursue you with My graces and make use of My omnipotence to exalt you“(Diary, 526, 576).
Live it and love it!
Yours in Christ,