Mother of peace Essay

Mother of Peace written by Carol Klavon is wonderful tale inventively weaving together well-known biblical stories while including ageless themes of politics, feminism, and spirituality. Klavon’s story revolves around the life of the infamous young princess/priestess Salome, daughter of Herodias and step-daughter/niece to King Herod. Although history demonizes Salome for causing the death of John the Baptist using her sexual prowess, Klavon paints another image of this maiden. The author provides her readers with a new version of Salome, a young girl manipulated by her mother, influenced by political pressures, and who strives to live a holy life in commune with her god.

I enjoy how the author designs a fictional story based on biblical history. Many have grown up memorizing stories from the Bible, but Klavon offers her readers a fresh look at the infamous biblical character of young Salome. Klavon’s tale interlaces the lives of this young lady with other well-known biblical persons such as John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, Jesus and Judas. The novelist allows readers a window into their thoughts, motivations, and emotions. This story encourages onlookers to see these characters as more than one-dimension figures. Just like the readers, their lives are filled with struggles, choices, love and hope. While Klavon roots her novel in these well-known stories, she creatively adapts their histories to create a relatable, unique story.

While many feel the traditional Bible stories are based in patriarchal societies, Klavon creates a world that strives for equality for all. She reaches beyond simple gender parity and creates a new community where women can serve as spiritual leaders. No longer viewed merely as the servants and caretakers of their male companions and family members, Klavon allows her female characters to be in charge. Klavon creates female characters who can be emotional and celebrate their femininity, while being strong, intelligent, and responsible leaders.

This story is filled with attractive and emotionally powerful descriptions. Whether it be in the temple of the goddess Asherah, the caves outside of the city of Nag Hammadi, or the streets of Jerusalem, through her words, the author transports her audience to the places in her story. Not only does she handsomely describe locations, the author also evokes our feelings in the moments when she describes how her characters interact with the world around them.

In the epilogue, Salome interacts with the natural world in a powerful way. The author describes that Salome is instructed to “listen to the hot wind blowing across the desert sands. Listen closely, and you will hear the voice of Abba.”

By intertwining together multiple biblical stories, the author creates a new narrative of the life a Salome, where she is transformed from a political pawn to a beloved daughter and wife to a spiritual leader and finally to a contented grandmother. I believe this story will appeal to a variety of readers. Those who enjoy historical and biblical novels will delight in Klavon’s fresh take on a notorious story. Readers who prefer feminist narratives will also appreciate this new Salome and her transformation. The author does an excellent job, and I do not find anything lacking in her story. This story is well edited, and I did not encounter any errors. I hope Carol Klavon continues to create more inspired stories for us. I rate this story 4 out of 4 stars.

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