“The Duck dove first, some say. He swam down and down, far
beneath the surface, but could not reach the bottom and floated back
up. Then the Beaver tried. He went even deeper, so deep that all was
dark, but he could not reach the bottom either. The Loon tried, swimming
with his strong wings. He was gone a long, long time, but he,too, failed
to bring up Earth. Soon it seemed that all had tried and all had failed.”
- Each and every animal had the determination and bravery to
go down and give a very risky task a chance but they did it in
honor of their character which is similar to each. Brave and
determined. This is a great epitome of a community.
Additionally, the small muskrat has been referred to as a technique
to demonstrate to the audience that it is not important who you are;
rather, what matters is your desire for fulfillment.
“They looked to see who it was. It was the Tiny Muskrat. She
dove down and swam and swam. She was not as strong or as swift
as the others, but she was determined.She went so deep that it was
all dark, and still she swam deeper. She swam so deep that her lungs
felt ready to burst, but she swam deeper still. At last, just as she was
becoming unconscious, she reached out one small paw and grasped
at the bottom, barely touching it before she floated up, almost dead.”
The character was referred to as a small muskrat, and it was
a she. This was the story's subtle way of conveying that women
are just as capable of doing great things as men. A community is
made up of many different differences that can be used to their
advantage to rely on one another, rather than just one gender,
race, age, etc. The image of their unity and their appreciation for
one another as a unit is perfectly captured in this story.
Overall, "A Model of Christian Charity" and "The Earth on Turtle's
Back" both excel in highlighting how important community was
throughout their era in contrast to individualism. Thank you for
listening and I hope you enjoyed this presentation.