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ow is the crown of thorns related to the book?
"the SIM approaching...the throng of men at the door...the stomping, the running, the yelling...the house burning...tiny cells with very little air and no light...hands intrusive and ugly in their threats...the crack of bones breaking...the thud of a body collapsing...moans, screams, desperate cries".
Patria likens her mental suffering to the suffering of Christ, her own "crown of thorns...woven with thoughts of (her) boy". She also uses a number of other allusions to Christ's Passion and Resurrection - working through her grief until her "cross became bearable", enduring another "crucifixion" when the SIM comes for Mate, and awaiting redemption for those imprisoned with the assurance that "on the third day (Christ) rose again" (Chapter 10).
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