Rember back in English literature, we all had to read Paradise Lost and talk about the symbolism and imagery of the story. Well, I'd like to do that with my story.
When I first started this story, I wanted to explore the emotional context of forgiveness, atonement, and salvation. Yes folks, for those of you who didn't get it, this story was my way of exploring the "Passion of the Christ." Now, I'm not a religious man, but the crucifixion story always bugged me.
In the bible, Jesus seems conflicted. He prays at the garden of Gethsemane for guidance. He asks God, "Why have you forsaken me?" But he's the son of God, why does he need guidance? Why does he doubt?
Also, why did Judas sell out Jesus? Why did he kill himself later? Why did Peter deny him three times?
If you're uncomfortable with biblical reference, think of the Godfather trilogy. Why did Fredo sell out his own brother? Why did Michael give up on his dream of leaving the family business? Why did the don cry when he found out about Michael's crime? Why did Kay stay?
Do you see what I'm getting at? There is an emotional dynamic that is played out in these stories. Absolution was my way of delving deep into that mentality, because – well, frankly – I seem to be devoid of these sentiments.
I also like to explore concepts through imagery, such as my use of the dragon – the rise and fall of the brightest star in heaven. Yes, the devil and in my story, she gets a reprieve.
Does the happy ending seem out of place? Not in this context, but then again, maybe it is. Were we really better off after Jesus ascended the throne? Was Michael really helping his family by becoming the next Godfather? What were the trade offs. Michael saved his father, but was forced to kill his brother and saw his only daughter die before him.
So I guess I could have gone the tragic route, but I like to still believe in hope.
A consideration for next time.