In Elizabeth George Speare's The Bronze Bow, in what way does Thacia feel torn in two directions? What were they? When Thacia's dad forbids Daniel from returning to his house, why does Thacia help...

In Elizabeth George Speare's The Bronze Bow, in what way does Thacia feel torn in two directions? What were they?

When Thacia's dad forbids Daniel from returning to his house, why does Thacia help Daniel when he comes back?

Why does Daniel return to Joel's house?

Why do Joel and his family move to Capernaum? What excuse does Daniel use in order to follow Joel? What other reasons might Daniel have to go to Capernaum?

How does Daniel react to the Romans? Was his action reasonable?

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By chapters 5 and 6 of Elizabeth George Speare's The Bronze Bow, we learn that Malthace, called Thacia for short, feels torn between following the Jewish Law and desiring to conquer the Romans.

In Chapter 5, after witnessing Jesus preach for the first time, Daniel makes his way to the home of his friends Joel and Thacia Hezron. Though Thacia wants to accept Daniel as a friend, she is put off by his dirty appearance from having been living in the caves among the rebels. She insults Daniel by forbidding him to bring his cloak beyond the hallway so that, according to the Law, he doesn't contaminate her father's clean home, who is a Pharisee. At dinner, Daniel gets into a quarrel with Thacia's father, Rabbi Hezron, because Daniel is in favor of actively rebelling against the Romans, whereas Rabbi Hezron believes that freedom from the enemy can only come from following the Jewish Law. As a result of the quarrel, Rabbi Hezron evicts Daniel from his home, never permitting him to return again.

Thacia, at first, also sides with her father in favoring the Law above any active rebellion. However, she also sees the need to do more than is being done to rid themselves of Roman authority. Her desires to abide by the Law conflict with her desires to rebel against the Romans, pulling her in two different directions.

We especially see her internal conflict when, despite Rabbi Hezron's command, Daniel must return to the Hezron household for assistance after he is severely wounded by a Roman. When Thacia first sees Daniel, before knowing he has been severely injured, she first warns him of her father's command to stay away from the house then begs him not to bother Joel. As she sees it, Joel is also being pulled in two directions, and he could either live in safety continuing his studies in the Law to become a rabbi or live the dangerous life rebelling against the Romans that Daniel is tempting him with. Since Thacia craves peace and safety, she wants her brother to continue his path as a rabbi rather than fight the Romans, despite how much she hates the Romans, and, therefore, begs Daniel to leave Joel alone.

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