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The narrative of Esther and Mordecais triumph over the pernicious Haman in the Book of Esther leaves little room for ambiguity From the start it is clear that good will prevail reading the Book of Esther is thus akin to watching one of the Batman movies for while there is a lot to cheer for there is little to doubt Through the books presentation of a series of ironic dichotomies we see divisions between male and female Jew and Persian and feast and fast which constitute a program in which the dichotomy between good and evil is only the most extreme and moralistic element Sexuality is an underlying force that drives the plot in the beggining of the book Which the king makes explicit when he commanded the seven eunuchs who served King Ahasuerus as chamberlains to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty for she was fair to behold 1 10-11 This command is not important merely as a royal decree but as a means by which Ahasuerus seeks to turn his queen into a spectacle of female sexuality The irony of this situation is that Eunuchs which are subservient to the king relay the decree to a rebellious Queen Vashti This decree for Queen Vashti to reveal her overt sexualtiy is given by messengers who are spectacles in and of themselves for their lack of sexuality Queen Vashti indeed is sacrificed on the altar of the kings machismo never to appear again Another example of irony in the book of Esther is when Mordecais defiance of Haman creates and edict to destroy the JewsHe urges his niece to cross the most deadly boundary in the kingdom which Esther describes to him if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called there is but one law
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