In the Woods Themes & Motifs

Tana French
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Forms of Religion

Mark’s description of the dig site as being a place of worship leads Cassie, Rob, and Sam to a discussion of the forms of religion. Cassie argues that religion is simply a representation of humans’ need to believe in something. It is indicated that everything from money to health can become a form of religion.

Mark makes the point about religion that it is just a way to keep people in their places. He says he cares nothing for modern church worship, but does see the beauty in the history of the dig site. He tells Rob and Cassie: “There’s more to worship on that site than in any fucking church in the world. It’s sacrilege that they’re about to run a motorway over it” (136). Mark argues that his act of keeping vigil at that site where ancient religious men...

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