Consider arguing that women are the true protagonists of the novel. Malthace, for example, proves herself to be an intelligent person who does not shirk her duties to her family, country, and friends. Malthace is the one who properly interprets David’s analogy of the “bronze bow.” She also makes mistakes but amends them as soon as possible. Furthermore, it is Malthace who exemplifies Jesus’ love when she cares for the injured Daniel. Thacia ministers to Leah, helping the young girl realize her own worth and beauty.
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