Shane's kind of a Christ-like figure, in some ways, isn't he? He's flawless. He comes from nowhere and goes off into the unknown again. He lays down his life for his friends, of his own accord. I'm not often a big fan of Christ-like figures in literature, as they're often too clumsy, too didactic, too obvious. But not here. How about you?
And the whole struggle with the stump comes back again. Joe and Shane may have uprooted it at the beginning of the story, but now, thanks to the time Shane spent with them on that homestead, the whole family has grown roots that go deep down into the ground. Marian says, "We have roots here now that we can never tear loose (p. 117).
We talked a lot, earlier, about just what that stump symbolized. I think, in the end, it shows that when you remove one thing, something else has to take its place. They uprooted the stump, and replaced it with themselves, in a way. It's gone, but they're here to stay. What do you think?
We've only got one chapter left. I'll probably post it tomorrow. And start the giveaway.
(One More) Possible Discussion Question:
Why do you suppose Shane rode off alone to die? Or do you think he'll survive that wound?