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I believe the book Death Comes for the Archbishop holds many themes which can be applied to everyday peoples lives One such theme is living life to its fullest doing all that you can and feeling the spiritual reassessment and the moral reconciliation before you die Both Father Vaillant and Archbishop Latour show this of their lives They spent every waking moment of their time preaching and blessing the people of the South- western states which was the dream of their youth Father Latour and Father Vaillant want to spread the Word of God to the Native Americans living in the Southwest mainly in the state of New Mexico They face many difficulties on their missionary journey The Spanish living in the region are corrupt and unfair The land is also difficult for them because it is harsh and not arable It is also difficult for them to preach their message because the Indians are of another religion However they decided to forget these obstacles and become successful in achieving their goal of conversion With detailed recreation of the hard ships of the early church in the New World Willa Cather also displays her characters as being patient and intellectual Bishop Latour is the main character He transforms many of the Native Americans into different people They become more productive as well as becoming Catholics Bishop Latour also builds a cathedral which symbolizes his triumph He was a determined leader that helped the Catholic Church and also the Native Americans Father Latour said To fulfill the dreams of ones youth that is the best that can happen to a man Both men were happy with their accomplishments and felt that when their time comes they would be ready to depart having lived life to its extent I think this is the time he expresses his joy of having reached his goal and this is also the spiritual reassessment and the moral reconciliation identified as evident
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