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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Themes

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Themes

Faith and Spirituality

As the first word of the title suggests, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is primarily a book about seeking God. A "pilgrim" may be merely a person who travels, but more commonly the word is used to describe someone who travels to a holy place. For the narrator, the creek itself is as sacred as a church; it is here that she encounters God's grace in its purest form: "So many things have been shown me on these banks, so much light has illumined me by reflection here where the water comes down, that Ican hardly believe that this grace never flags." In using water as a symbol of God's presence and grace, Dillard is drawing on centuries of religious tradition.

Throughout the book, Dillard balances the seemingly opposing forces of heaven and Earth, of God as the creator of beauty and of horror. Much of the...

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