The Wine Of Astonishment By Earl Lovelace

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The Wine Of Astonishment By Earl Lovelace Essay, Research Paper The Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace In Earl Lovelace’s book “The Wine of Astonishment” two main characters arise Bee and Bolo. Bolo’s character is a warrior and he directs the people to the path of empowerment by way of the warrior for that is what he knows and who he is. Bee’s character is a man of faith, patience, and a man of his people. Bee also chooses a path of empowerment for the people of the village that is defined by his character, he guides the people to the path of faith. The journey in the book has both men put their characters and paths of empowerment to the test. Who succeeds? Patience, a man of faith, and a man of the people are how I describe Bee’s charcter in this book. Bee

demonstrates his patience when it is tested against Corporal Price. Prince comes to the village to enforce the law against the Spiritual Baptist. Bee decides it is best to practice in the manners of the Catholics and Anglican until he one day starts preaching in the original manner of the Spiritual Baptist. After that vitalizing sermon he continues till Corporal Price raids the church. Bee realizes that for the benefit of his people they, he must wait, be patient till this injustice is lifted to preach again in the Spiritual Baptist way. Bee is truly a man of the people. In the incident when Corporal Prince raids the church Bee’s first thoughts were for the people. Bee tells them “Brethren, please don’t run. Please don’t give them the excuse to brutalize you.” He knew

how the police would act toward the congregation and he wanted to protect his people. Bee puts the people of the village first for he is a man of the people. Bee is a man of faith. He puts his faith in the “Spirit”, and the people to stay strong. In continuing with the occurrence of the raid from Corporal Prince you can see Bee’s faith. The faith Bee has for the “Spirit” and the people when the congregation is walked though the village after being arrested and Bee joins in the hymn started by Sister Isabel which the whole congregation then joins. The hymn goes “I never get weary yet, I never get weary yet, Forty long years I work in the field, And I never get weary yet.” Saying they have done this a long time now and they have still stayed strong. Here Bee puts his

faith in the people and the “Spirit” together from the uniting of the congregation in the song of the “Spirit”. Bee is a man of faith, his people, and of patience, with these examples you can understand why I characterize Bee in this manner. The first descriptive words you read about Bolo are “rising like a spear out of the back row, with the rest of the congregation, to sing the first hymn was Bolo. With a new kind of toughness about him, a warrior still.” I would character Bolo as a warrior defiantly. He is a soldier for his people in this time of oppression. Bolo started as a warrior in the beginning and ended as warrior. When he began as a warrior with stickfighting as the book describes “Bolo was in Bonasse, the champion stickfighter, the king, leading the

village in battles down the length and breadth of the island.” Bolo fought in pride for the warrior inside during those times of stickfighting. Bolo’s warrior disposition continued when Corporal Price was transporting the congregation (including Bolo’s mother) to the police station for breaking the law of worshiping in the Spiritual Baptist manner. Bolo made a stand for the people he was their soldier willing to fight even being out numbered. The book refers to how Bolo headbutted Price till he went down. At same time Prince was going down the 9 other police office jumped Bolo. He continued to fight and fight till his head was split open by a police officer. Bolo was a warrior no matter the odds he had to face. The last demonstration of Bolo’s warrior character was when