Lament for a Son Themes

Nicholas Wolterstorff
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Resurrection

Resurrection is one theme that is addressed throughout "Lament for a Son." The narrator wonders whether man carries only love, trust and faith into God's kingdom, or whether they carry culture as well. The narrator feels it necessary to hold Eric in remembrance in order to honor Eric and God. The gospels do not console the narrator because he does not forget about resurrection; even though he knows that Eric is in eternity, he cannot be with his son here and now. The fact that Eric's face in the coffin looks like he "knows it all" can be seen as his knowledge of the afterlife. The narrator objects to blowing out the resurrection candle at Eric's funeral because he feels the significance of the candle. Sometimes, the narrator feels as though Eric is only away, not dead; he can picture and hear Eric at times. Death is the...

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