Notes for OANTOF Coursework
  * Biblical book of ‘Joshua’ starts at a new historical beginning as the Hebrews are no longer enslaved and have returned to Israel to claim their promised land. During the Battle of Jericho, god rewards their faithfulness. After the Hebrews surround Jericho for 7 days and blow their trumpets, the walls surrounding Jericho fall to the ground, showing the triumph of good over evil. With the fall of Jericho, the Hebrews were able to move into the legendary Promised Land.   However, these concepts are important to JW as she will fight many battles in this chapter but will triumph in the end because she will come to understand and accept her homosexuality.
  * This lengthy chapter represents the peak of the action in the novel where the book’s conflict comes to the forefront.
  * The title ‘Joshua’ is an ironic one as he was a prophet. JW clearly sees herself as a prophet for lesbianism.
  * Title is descriptive but also symbolic and even a little satirical; J for example has to confront walls just like Joshua.
  * J’s pure love comes face to face with the rigid regulations of the church. The later exorcism of J demonstrates the coldness and cruelty of her church family. The harshness of this blindly religious treatment conjures up images of previous such persecutions, such as some of the early witch trials. JW’s documentation of J’s persecution broadly testifies to the prejudicial treatment that homosexuals frequently suffer in society.
  * Although J faces conflict in her external world, the possibility of her finding a Promised Land of her own begins to open up inside her. The orange demon allows J to see clearly what has been working inside her. She finds that demons are not necessarily bad, but they simply make a person different. She initially repents due to hunger, but she does not make the demon leave. This false repentance is the beginning of J’s successful conquest over her internal territory. She refuses to yield...