An Existential Analysis of Tropes in the Book of Job
This book by Job in the Old Testament is one of the most obscure books in Wisdom Literature. The Devil makes a agreement with God, that is, the servant Job is the most religious and faithful to God since God has been blessed by God with abundance. The Devil is adamant God to allow him take away his possessions and also be affected. Job turns against God. Then God allows the Devil the Devil to see Job. Job's possessions, as well as his kids are also taken and Job is physically afflicted. Yet Job is steadfastly faithful towards God and in the final God will restore to Job all what is lost. It is said that the Devil in his dialogues with God declares: you treat Job like a pet, and make sure nothing ever happens to his family or possessions and you bless everything he does. This dialogue, a simile, highlights the character of the Devil which is hatred and envy. The Devil wants to challenge the personal belongingness of God. This will be a Negative archetype. Christianity and Judaism are religions inherent with the Binary divide of God in comparison to the Devil. The covetousness, envy, hatred, lust and murder are manifestations that belong to a negativity archetype. Visit:- Atheistic existentialism dismantles the concept of evil and exhorts a moral relativism. It's difficult to understand why God allows us to control a antagonistic archetype in Job's life. If Job is devastated by the loss of his family and his wealth, he responds: 'naked I come from the mother's womb, and will be naked when I return to the womb of the earth.' The earth's womb is a metaphor. The writer of Job places his earth in a gender-neutral archetype. The earth is a Mother, a womb. If Job suffers from sores and ulcers He laments: "I'm blanking out the night I was created. Let it be a Black space hole in the space.' Black holes exist in space. However , when they are used as metaphors, they point out to a dismal abyss, a hole of angst in which light is trapped. Another time Job complains 'may those who excel at cursing swear at the day, and unleash the beast Leviathan over it'. The meaning of this story is at once apocalyptic as well as poetic. As a poetic notion, it embodies a sorrow, a pathos of being represented. In the context of apocalyptic imagery, we are told of the Leviathan as a beast emerging from the ocean in the Bible of Revelation. Cloned animals is a transgenic animal. Leviathan can also symbolize the arrival of warring nations out of the ocean. One of the acquaintances of Job asks Job: "Will a truly innocent person end up as scrap heap"? The idea of squalor and dirt is embodied in the symbol. It is also an accusation that is meant to prove Job's innocence. Job's friend replies: 'God the sovereign doesn't trust anyone so how can he trust humans who seem as fragile and vulnerable as moths'? As fragile as moths is an existential simile. If we consider this in a spiritual sense we do not have a perception of the reason God lets the Devil to compromise Job's integrity. From a nihilist's perspective of point of view, the metaphor represents a empty life. Man could be compared to Camus in his metaphor The myth of Sisyphus. Job tells his friends: 'my misery could be measured; you can pile my whole burden on scales and it'll weigh more as sand in the waters. The poison arrows of God are inside me'. Scales signify the weighting down of angst. Job is indulging in negative narcissism. The fact that anxiety is more powerful than sea is hyperbole. God's refusal to respond to Job's distress is expressed in the metaphor of poison arrows. For Sartre, the existentialist, this is a contradiction; a nihilist, existentialist ought to be able to accept his or her pain. Job says that 'God can knock me down as a bug. Do I have the strength of steel? Do you believe I'm formed of iron? The existential problem that comes with Job being a uncaring victim is a poignant theme in this depiction. Job willfully submits to God's wishes. This makes me ask the question was God, Christ like when He dealt with Job? What made the God of the Old Testament choose to be a different God than the God who is New Testament Christ? Job is sucking into the pain of a burden he cannot carry. For Sartre his, the God whom you mourn is your own. The pressure of being in the midst of angst is a problem that human beings have to face on this earth. Job complains to his friends saying that although God has left the man, his friends are not sticking with Job and are akin to a 'gulch in an empty desert'. The irony is that Job's closest friends are fair-weather ones. Job repeatedly states that he's covered in scabs and maggots and his skin develops covered in puss and has scales.' The inner turmoil is so overwhelming that one is unable to comprehend the turmoil of despair that Job is undergoing. The reptilian nature of Satan being sentenced to hellfire can be seen in this story. The body of Job becomes an unfriendly or errant machine. He also says that he's a 'puff from air.' Job ridicules himself and draws attention to the insignificance of human existence. We have to accept the words of Sartre"man's liberation is his condemnation'. Sartre says that his life is 'like ship under full sail; or an eagle that plunges to its prey'. A sinking ship and an eagle leaping to its prey represent terrible situations in Job's journey. Job says: "God has made him like handcrafted pottery. He is amazed by the skill with which God has worked the clay. Then God has reduced him to a Mud Pie.' Job contrasts the wonder of being created and being transformed back to mud. Job is unsure of the significance, purpose and destiny in the creation of God. An existential view would be you are a victim of the storm of your own making. A life lived by an existentialist is absurd. Does Job like an existentialist questioning God's absurdity? He says that his 'ears are a swamp of affliction'. Pain and sorrow are connoted in a metaphor that is synesthetic. He reiterates the reason the reason God kicks him like a tin can and why you should beat a dead horse. The tentacles of pain without reason, find a desperate plea in Job's justification of his fate.  

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