Can you understand Joshua’s beliefs and behavior?  Do  you feel any sympathy for him?  His daughters?  His wife?

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lisa6063 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I feel sorry for Joshua because the writer uses him to express his displeasure with christianity and to criticise the 'holier than thou' attitude showed by some pastors. A father who is so unforgiving, impatient and driven only by his blind belief that everything the white man says is true and from God, all cut the image of a brainwashed naive character. The way he treats others does not reflect the teachings of the blble which he portends to preach. For example, we know that forgiving is biblical, but he does not forgive his daughter.He should love her unconitionally. I feel sorry for his family, sice they are caught in circumstances aginst which they are powerless, since Joshua who is the head of the home is a dictator. However we know that deep in him he loves even Muthoni.It is only that he cannot mourn her, but later on he complains bitterly to Waiyaki, accusing him of planning to take away this other daughter, Nyambura.He actually loses the two girls. The auther thus criticises the extremes of blindly following religion to the extent of being inhumane.

melyt | Student

i do because joshua  got religon  all  long  he get inhuman and bitter


andrew4president | Student

His beliefs are well founded. On page 28 we learn that he ran away as a young boy to the Siriana Mission. This tells us that he was not very happy at home in the ridges. Indicating that his actions are driven by his past and his attempt to change it. I do not feel sympathy for him because his actions are driven by events. However i wonder why the author did not develop his past further.

chelzy | Student

Joshua beliefs is understandable but his behaiviour is totaly contradicting to his beliefs it might be due to him being in confusion as he really does not know how to react to the situation he faces e.g when his daughters rebeled against him he simply just diowned them without having second thoughts of his action however as a christian this is not how they deal with those situation , sympathy is felt for mostly his daughters and his wife as they have no idea what they have involved themselves with  they have no other choice but to follow joshua as he is the head of the family and in their custorm the headof the family has the final say to everything.

brebonner | Student

Joshua's belief is that you should do your own homework and stop looking for people to give you the answers.  Sorry but try reading the book cause i know its for CIE.