The constant presence of pigs in this novel is ominous. These creatures carry a sense of foreboding with them, and I am very intrigued to learn how they affect the story as this novel continues. We’ve discussed in class some of the allusions surrounding the imagery of the pigs, but I wanted to see if there were any Biblical allusions to pigs that we hadn’t discussed yet (and we have already determined that the Bible plays a role in this novel as well). I found this excerpt online (https://bible.org/seriespage/demons-and-pigs-matthew-828-34) and thought it was worth sharing and discussing:
“28 When He arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met Him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they pleaded with Him to leave their region.” (Matthew 8:28-34)
This passage contains demons, pigs, and water — all important and recurring themes within this novel. The ideas of demons and pigs seem to be intertwined, while water is again a symbol of death. I’m not entirely sure if this passage explains these images, but I think the Biblical allusion fits with the rest of the novel (the red rope slithers like a snake, for instance).