swreader wrote:..the unlikely real leader is Dangerous Beans (the albino rat who alone is able to withstand and reject Spider's power). He is, in an odd way-- the commander in chief, or the president of these rats..
Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit wrote:I felt sorry for the rats over the confusion of the sacred words and when they found out that their sacred words were not really sacred?
This is something that Terry goes into in more detail in Nation I think. The rats had counted on the book as their guide to dealing with humans. They had based their new lives on the book even when it didn't really fit and then they had proof that it was just a made up story for small kids. This really hits Dangerous Beans very hard and he doubts everything he's believed in. This is Terry (I think) being anti-religious again. He's saying that you can't find all your answers to life in a book - sometimes you have to live life and solve your own problems.Dotsie wrote:Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit wrote:I felt sorry for the rats over the confusion of the sacred words and when they found out that their sacred words were not really sacred?
I did too, but then I wasn't sure why - I don't believe in a god, & I don't keep that a secret from anyone who does. So I knew that their realisation would be a good thing. But why did they come to religion almost immediately? Because they've been humanised, & that's what we do too? Also, despite the loss of their book & most of their sacred words, they don't give up on religion. Witnessing a "miracle" gives something new to focus on.
I can't imagine that it would be possible to write about a proto-civilisation without mentioning a new belief in a deity of some kind, it wouldn't be as believable.
poohbcarrot wrote:As far as religion goes in the book I'd say;
The stupid rats (Rat-publicans) have all been brainwashed into believing in God. Spider claims to be God. They are all wrong.
The intelligent rats (Democ-rats) question the existence of God.
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