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Barabbas & The Fall

The main characters in these two books, Barabbas and Clamence in The Fall, show many similarities in the way that they live their lives. Barabbas is a type of person that was very active in his past, but later on in his life he just takes life as it comes. He has no destination, therefor no real goals in life, but to wait for death. As for Clamence, he also has had a very active life, but he too has calmed down. Clamence, like Barabbas, doesn't have any real goals in life. When people start reflecting on their life they sometimes question their faith in the religion that they believe in. In The Fall, and Barabbas there was some comments on faith that each main character stated. The opinions of the characters in the two books were similar in the sense that they did not believe in God. Barabbas wanted to believe, but was having trouble grasping the concept. In Barabbas, he was sent to work in a mine. In these mines the prisoners were to work in pairs. The way that this was done !
was by chaining the two prisoners together. Barabbas was chained to a man named Sahak.
When Barabbas was chained to Sahak while working in the mines Barabbas did get down on his knees along with Sahak. "And suddenly they both sank down to their knees in fervent to their Lord, the Savior and God of all oppressed."(Lagerkvist 93). When this happened,
The overseer saw them from some distance away, lying as the were right up near the lamp, but they themselves noticed nothing so engrossed where they in their prayer. He rushed up and flayed them half to death. When at last he moved on Sahak sank to the ground, but the man then turned back and forced him up again with further lashes. Staggering against each other they resumed their work. This was thefirst time Barabbas suffered for the crucified man's sake, for that pale-skinned rabbi with no hair on his chest who had been crucified in his stead(Lagerkvist 93).
Through most of the book i…

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