Wine Of Astonishment Essay

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Wine Of Astonishment

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 he stood on the porch with
Primus's 2 girls that he had taken earlier. He waited for the people to retrieve these
girls. He was not going to let them go until the people made their stand to him and showed
him they are warriors. He was a warrior and should be faced as a warrior by warriors. A
few people of the village showed and the police. The police knew Bolo would not cooperate
with them and ended up shooting him. The warrior thrived in Bolo even to the end of his
life.

Bee's path for empowerment is faith, have faith and it will show you the way. The book
starts Bee's path of faith in the church. He peaches his powerful sermons to the
congregation guiding them to put faith in the Spirit. At a time when Spiritual Baptist
practice is outlawed they would still come together and place their faith is the Spirit as
a congregation. A good example of this is how they were forced to move their church to the
out skirts of town to continue to practice this religion. Instead of converting to one of
the accepted religions they choose to relocate. Bee and the congregation placed their
faith in the Spirit to help them through this time of relocation. Bee focused his faith
and the faith of the people to the government. He felt that if the people have faith in
the government they could work at making changes to the village and what better way to do
that than elect a man from your own village, Ivan Morton to the Council. Bee put his trust
in Ivan and guided the people to do the same. Bee said Who we want in the Council is a man
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