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CompareContrast Essay Since the beginning of time man has turned to God for help in facing difficult problems in life The Book of Job a story presumably written in the sixth century BC focuses on a man who remains faithful despite terrible suffering Archibald MacLeishs JB written in 1958 is based on The Book of Job Although both these stories depict mans relation with God certain narrative elements cause JB to be more focused on looking for comfort in loved ones during suffering Many similarities exist between these two stories simply because one was based on the other In both stories God is the almighty Being who controls everything The characters are also similar in both stories Job is very faithful and rich the wife and Sarah both try to make Job curse God and Satan the opposite of God tries to make Job and JB hate God Both Job and JB suffer losing their children possessions and health And both of them struggle to understand why they suffer questioning God and not knowing what to do with their lives Three comforters come to both Job and JB trying to answer their questions but in result worsening their suffering In each story God appearing as a whirlwind becomes angry by Job and JBs questioning The outcome is also the same in both stories the suffering ends and a rebirth starts Despite many similarities between The Book of Job and JB numerous differences exist starting with specific characters and their impact on the stories theme JB for example is much closer to his family than Job making love and the suffering he experiences when his children die an important part of JBs theme JBs views of God and life are also described in more depth than Jobs letting the reader identify the character better Sarah and the wife in The Book of Job are also quite different The wife only has one
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