Power

All of the books we have read in Mosaics 2 are connected to one central theme which is power. The theme of power was shown a couple different ways. In the book Cat's Cradle power was represented by religion using the Bokononism and the tradition of book-maru as the prime examples. In the book Snow Crash, power was brought up in the sense of freedom. A third way in which we saw power as an underlying theme throughout this course was in the book Utopia in which power was seen as a responsibility that a character had. Lastly, in Red Harvest power was shown as a character's actions.

This picture of the Bible connects to the theme of power in the book Cat's Cradle. Quoted on page 120 it says, "These people made a captive of the spurious holy man named Bokonon. They brought him here, placed him at their center, and commanded him to tell them exactly what God Almighty was up to and what they should now do. The mountebank told them that God was surely trying to kill them, and that they should have good manners to die" (120). Just as the Bible is seen as a holy book that people worship, Bokonon was a holy man that people worshiped.
This picture of feet connects to the theme of power in the book Cat's Cradle. Quoted on page 72 it says, "Bokonist's believe that it is impossible to be sole-to-sole with another person without loving the person, provided the feet of both persons are clean and nicely tended" (72). In the book, this tradition of book-maru was performed to share love between two people.
This picture of an American flag represents the theme of power in the book Snow Crash. Quoted in chapter 1, "This is America. People do whatever the fuck they feel like doing, you got a problem with that? Because they have a right to. And because they have guns and no one can fucking stop them." The American flag is a symbol of freedom and a sense of power that each American citizen has. In Snow Crash, there aren't any rules and people are in a sense free to do whatever they please.
This picture of a mother and daughter represents the theme of power in the book Utopia. Quoted on page 34 it says, "This is why, I would say, it is the king's duty to take more care of his people's welfare than of his own, just as it is the duty of a shepherd who cares about his job to feed the sheep rather than himself" (34). Just as it is a mother's duty to do what is best of her daughter, in Utopia, it was the king's duty to do the same with his people.
This picture of a gun represents the theme of power in the book Red Harvest. One by one we read about each of the characters being killed and on page 155 the narrator says, "Play with murder enough and it gets you one of two ways. It makes you sick, or you get to like it" (155). The narrator ends up being one of the few characters who doesn't die at the end so I think that he held the most power.
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