Are these daily literary connection posts feeling burdensome? That’s what I was going for, all in order to lead up to this last one.
You remember them from Pilgrim’s Progress, right? Now I realize not every single use of the word burden is a direct reference to Bunyan’s work. But it wasn’t just the word. It was the picture of Bigger lugging the trunk containing Mary’s body and the freedom he experienced when discovering a way to unload it. He later uses the word in his description.
. . . now that he had killed Mary he felt a lessening of tension in his muscles; he had shed an invisible burden he had long carried.
His mother also has a burden, a “heavy and delicately balanced” one that she “did not want to assume by disturbing it one whit.”
Maybe I’ve just felt too great of a burden in finding literary connections to assume that Richard Wright was harkening back to Paul, er I mean John Bunyan (although, do you think there are any connections between Bigger, and the north’s massive lumberjack?) I think they’re legit, though. Were there others?
I don’t want you to feel burdened to answer, but . . .