What message or lessons about life might Elizabeth George Speare have been trying to teach in the novel The Bronze Bow?
Elizabeth George Speare's prominent message throughout the novel The Bronze Bow is that only through love and forgiveness can individuals attain peace in their lives. Daniel tries to avenge the death of his parents by vowing to hate the Romans as long he lives. Daniel's hate consumes him and negatively affects those around him. His wish of violent revolution is not realized, and his bitterness puts a strain on his personal relationships. Daniel selfishly remains hostile despite the evidence that nothing positive will result from his anger. When Daniel decides to open his heart and let go of his inner hate at the end of the novel, he is able to find peace and happiness. Daniel displays his forgiveness by inviting the Roman soldier Marcus into his home, which will have a positive effect on Leah's well-being. He also asks Malthace, sometimes called Thacia, to be his wife, which demonstrates that "only love can bend the bow of bronze." Speare's message was that hate is destructive, while love and forgiveness have the ability to heal and bring peace.