In "The Bronze Bow," why does Daniel question where he lives?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When the novel opens, Daniel is living in the rocky hills above Gaililee.  He is a member of a rebel group opposed to the Roman occupation of his homeland.  Led by Rosh, the band live a bloody life, marked by a thirst for the ouster of the Romans and for revenge.

Daniel has good reason to be angry.  The Romans were responsible for the death of his father, who, after being caught defying Roman rule, was crucified.  His mother subsequently died from exposure, having sat vigil at his cross as her husband's life slipped away.  Leah, Daniel's sister, witnessed the death scene.  Traumatized, she retreats into a deep depression that resembles madness. 

Orphaned, Daniel and Leah are left to the care of their aged and impoverished grandmother.  Unable to care for two children and herself, Grandmother is forced to sign Daniel over into indentured servitude to Amalek, the local blacksmith.

For five years, Daniel endures this virtual slavery.  He finally escapes; his only possessions are bitterness and hatred for the Romans who have caused him and his family such pain.

In the mountains, he meets Rosh, whose message of like-minded hate Daniel finds irresistable.  However, Rosh is severly lacking in empathy and the life the band lives is harsh.  After meeting Joel and Thacia, and subsequently Jesus, Daniel realizes how empty a life of hate is and thus questions his life as a rebel.