Review of Terabithia

Derrick Cannon
Children’s Literature
Bridge to Terabithia had a great deal of symbolism. It had the growing pains of late adolescence , the trying times that poor families may go through, and the pain of losing a loved one. It is this later theme that is the strongest in the book. Leslie has or had beliefs in a great many areas. She had faith in herself, faith in her commitments, and faith to treat everyday as a gift and a new opportunity.
There is one thing that she did not have faith in, and this leads to does heaven or hell really exist, or is it just a concept. This argument heats up for the first time when Leslie tells Jess she does not believe in the bible. May Bell then tells Leslie that if she does not believe in the bible she will forever rest in the boiling pit that is known as hell, her soul forever condemned. Jess tells Leslie that this is in the bible. Leslie has an ironic response that while they think the bible is more of a chore and believe in it, Leslie who doesn’t feels that it is wondrous and beautiful.
It is this response that got me wondering, is it faith in the bible, and the knowledge that it is true, or is it the works that you do while you are alive that truly matters. This has been a question asked time and time again. I feel that it takes a combination of both to truly recognize the bible. It is a book that contains many facets how to live life, but if you do not follow it do you truly believe in it. This story plays into it, as Leslie was a great kid, but had no faith in the bible, she however finds it fascinating. If that is true why does she not believe in it. Jess finds the bible to be boring and tedious, and not much of a thrill or a guide to live life by, so how can he say he truly believes in it. It may be the only book in his house but if he does not follow it, what right does he have to criticize someone who does not believe in it.
Leslie died shortly after this chapter ended. The ending with May Bell...