I think we're making steps backwards...
Jono wrote:Jan: Regarding capitalization, p. 332, line 15 ‘He went in search of the mad one who capitalized his name’.
Well, god is a concept, not a name, it's like saying I'm Human, as if it's something bigger or there is only one of me. But names are capitalized (even Diras name). The quote by itself doesn't explain what you are doing to yor name.
Jono, you assume that every word you say will immedeately clear things up, but in reality it's hard to make sense of them.
Jono wrote:I am persuaded that this is still not the central concept of the story. If it was, why wouldn’t HE give Dira that ability?
You don't give me an argument to work with or contradict. I don't see how one must exclude the other. Dira may not have the abitlity, so what? So the story is not about euthanasia? I know, it isn't about euthanasia, but euthanasia is the element Harlan uses to make a point of wider range. The story is about power more in general, and euthanasia is one of those aspects of power we tend to not touch because it "interferes with Gods will". There are other aspects, including (as was pointed out earlier, as you know), I believe, the power of women, which is equal to that of men despite handed-down religious beliefs.
Jono wrote:I still think that The Deathbird is all about the responsibility that comes with true love.
I think you could absolutely say the story is about responsibility. I think it's more about that than about power actually, but it goes together.
What I don't get is this true love thing. We established that the story deals with love very early on, but what you're saying now doesn't make sense to me. I'm not sure I understand you. I'd take the vague "true love" thing out. We have a responsibility towards everyone, not only towards those we love, and the responsibility comes from possessing power and being aware of it. (Michael also said this earlier on.)
Brian wrote:2. The "spark" is a metaphor for something which doesn't stand up to too much intense scrutiny.
What about the fact that the text says it's wisdom? (Which I feel means intelligence.) I think, you're wrong guys (also sjarrett), the story is a metaphor, not the "spark".
Brian wrote:3. The story has a _happy_ ending.
To me it's a sad ending. Humanity has died and killed the planet with it. The damage has been done, humans never learned to exercise their responsiblity. If it's a happy ending, what's you feel so good about that?
P.A. Berman wrote:I think the spark is more than just power, it's also the wisdom to wield that power righteously
PAB, I already said that it's not power in a post I mostly addressed to you. It's "wisdom"/intelligence. You've got to keep up to date here.