Lilies of the Field Test Essay
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Lilies of the Field Test 1. The setting of the book is a valley west of the Rocky Mountain Range, from spring through summer, in the mid 20th century. 2. A.) The major conflict, Mother Maria versus Homer, for Homer in the first half of the book is man versus man. It is how Homer and Mother Maria are both determined to get what they want for different reasons. Their personalities and lifestyles conflict with each other. B.) The person who is causing the conflict is Mother Maria (Mother Maria versus Homer). She wants the chapel to be built and thinks Homer should work hard and do it. C.) The climax of the conflict is when Homer and Mother Maria have a confrontation with Livingston. This is when Homer who is so disgusted by Livingston saying…show more content…
6. Two examples that showed Homer cared for the nuns before he agreed to build the chapel was he went out and bought them food so they could eat more and agrees to take them to Mass. 7. From a literary point of view it is believable that he left at the end of the book. For one he came back to finish the church and that is what he set his mind on doing and how that he was done there was no reason for him to stay. Two, in the story Homer shows us he is not the type to just sit down and stay in one area for this reason it is believable that he left at the end of the book. Three, Homer doesn’t care about being famous and honored so these things would not pull at him or cause him to stay. 8. A.) Father Gomez is the priest in the small town. He is a quiet, half sad like all the Spanish, and has a low voice. He is also hardworking and helpful to the nuns by getting the townspeople to donate bricks. B.) What happened when Homer met Father Gomez was Father Gomez showed him around the church and discussed how Mother Maria told him that Homer was going to build them a church. While looking at the local church Homer started thinking about the building. C.) Father Gomez influenced the town citizens regarding the chapel by telling them to pray for him and to bring him bricks. He gave a sermon that shamed the townspeople into giving the bricks to the nuns. 9. Theme: Faith in ourselves, others and
An Essay By KatieMarie // 12/26/2008
In the novel The Lilies of the Field, by William E. Barrett, the two main characters, Mother Maria Marthe and Homer Smith, were similar in many ways, yet different too. One of the similarities they shared was that both Mother Maria and Homer wanted to be in charge. While Homer was constructing the chapel, Mother Maria and he kept getting into arguments about if whether Homer was doing it right or not. Homer and Mother were both very adamant about what they wanted and did give in easily. When Homer was trying to get permission to buy the nuns food, Mother kept saying no. Homer showed his stubbornness when Mother tried to persuade Homer to go to Mass with her and the other nuns and he kept refusing. Both were outcasts amongst the townspeople. Father Gonzalez, the priest at the church, told Homer that most people thought the nuns were crazy for doing what they were doing. The townspeople looked down on Homer because he was black and they doubted that he would finish the chapel. Although they do not comprehend it, both Mother Maria and Homer care for each other. When Homer left to go to the city, they both realized that they missed the other. Although they may look different, The Lilies of the Field showed that Mother Maria and Homer had similar personalities.
Although Mother Maria and Homer were very much alike, they also had many differences. When Homer had first arrived at the convent, Mother Maria said that God had sent him and Homer said it was just a coincidence. At the sisters’ church, Homer was talking to the priest and he said that Mother Maria had said that God had sent her a big, strong man to build her the chapel. Another difference between Mother Maria and Homer was that Mother Maria had deep, profound faith and Homer did not. When Homer was fretting over how he was going to get bricks for the chapel, Mother Maria said that God would provide, and Homer thought that the idea was ridiculous. Homer was easygoing, but Mother was more dedicated and cautious. On Homer’s first day, Mother was agitated that he had slept in because she wanted to have everyone awake and working as early as possible. A distinct difference between the two was that Mother Maria was a Catholic and Homer was a Baptist. When Mother asked him to go to mass with the sisters, he refused. Despite their differences and flaws, by the conclusion of the book, Mother Maria and Homer were friends. The Lilies of the Field is a perfect example that friendship goes deeper than just the skin, religion or attitudes.