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In this essay I am going to compare and contrast the concepts of hostility love and the source of power God in the Song of Roland and magic in the Tempest in the books of Song of Roland and Tempest Song of Roland is a book of war between two religions Christianity and Islam The hostility comes from different religions Christians are Franks and Saracens are Muslim Christians see Muslims as evil and enemy because of their religions It is shown in the poem as Saracens a mirror image of the Christians socially and religiously The Moslems become the evil mirror image of the Christians in every aspect of their beliefs and their social organization This is a struggle between good and evil with the Saracens evil while maintaining the Saracens status as a formidable and respectable enemy And both groups of men take their identity and their honor from the land They are enemies because they have different religions Evil here is foreign strange and dark-skinned themes of the poem are this equation of evil with foreignness Evil and foreign are the same thing this conception of evil is consistent with the aims of the poem which include inciting Christians to go fight a war against the forces of Islam As the religion is the main reason for the war between Franks and Saracens they believe that God interferes all the events and at choice times but certain choices are left up to men God is conceived of by both sides as an intervener Christians thought that there is God after everything however they are wondering why God did nothing to help Roland God intervenes to save warriors at some points only to let them die later The most notable example of this phenomenon is Oliver who is saved at the middle of the poem but dies not long afterward They believe that God intervenes the deaths of heroes and the suffering of the
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