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A Commentary on Mans Faith and his Guilt Archibald MacLeish raised many thought provoking questions in the play JB The Book of Job had already asked some of these questions while others were very original and insightful MacLeish offers many powerful thoughts on the relationship between man and God some of which are disturbing to consider Nickels lost his faith in both God and man He believes that the purpose of life is merely to survive and not to live Nickles says There must be thousands Millions and millions of mankind burned crushed broken mutilated slaughtered and for what For thinking For walking around the world in the wrong skin the wrong shaped noises eyelids sleeping the wrong night wrong city- London Dresden Hiroshima MacLeish 12 In fact the only thing that Nickels did have faith in was that JB would curse God if tested Mr Zuss on the other hand has complete faith in humanity and JB He knows of JBs strength and his ability to love God In short Mr Zuss has faith in JBs faith However JBs faith in God is ill founded JBs faith in God is based on the fact that he believes God to be just but is God really just If he is then why does JB suffer so Maybe it is just JBs notion of justice that is incorrect Bildad comments on the notion of justice History is justice Time inexorably turned to truth One mans suffering wont count no matter what his suffering but all will At the end there will be justice Justice for All Justice for everyone MacLeish p121 This can be taken to mean that there is no justice for individuals only for mankind as a whole So if this is the case how does JB manage to keep his faith when he finds out that there was no reason for his suffering The deaths of his children the
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