Importance of the Gardens in The Sparrow

Importance of the Gardens in The Sparrow
The actual turning point in The Sparrow was when the Utra-Light crashed. However, it was of little interest. The importance of the novel lied within the gardens that were built. The garden the Jesuit mission planted served as the catalyst to the future demise of the group, and especially Emilio. Emilio not only had his body destroyed, but also his soul. The gardens caused a slaughter, an imprisonment, an eventual destruction of the survivor?s hands, another death, a rape, and a long period of despair for the only survivor of the overall mission.
The crashing of the Utra-Light by Sofia and Marc (290) was simply the turning point because it was the beginning of the many unfortunate events that happened to the group. However, it was not the cause of the destruction of the group. After the crash, Sofia and Marc flew the lander back to camp; it then did not have enough gas to get the crew back to the asteroid. The group then decided they might have to stay on Rakhat for the rest of their lives. Soon thereafter they built the garden. However, they already wanted to grow some sort of constant food source before the Utra-Light ever crashed (194-5). Also, the group was hardly saddened when they realized the effect of the lander being out of gas (298). Moreover, Emilio was one of the happiest to learn he would be staying on Rakhat. The news had no long-term or short-term effect on Emilio?s happiness, soul, or body.

There was only so much food the group could bring with them on the lander. It was inevitable that they would eventually run out, especially when they found out they would probably be stuck on Rakhat. They tried eating the food on Rakhat, but they wanted to grow their own too. They wanted to grow the garden partly because of taste, but more for the health benefits. They asked for permission and it was granted. They went and retrieved the seeds Marc had decided to bring along, and soon thereafter began to plant the seeds. In the beginning ?the Runa were absolutely flabbergasted? (342) about why the group was digging in the ground. Once the Runa realized that the gardens grew food they too began to garden (346). As the food in the Runa gardens grew, the fat levels and hormone production rose (346). Thus, Runa sexual activity became more frequent, and therefore, the natality rate increased.

Soon, because of the increase in population, there was a slaughter of the Runa village. Only two humans on the mission survived (378). The two remaining humans, Emilio and Marc, were then ?taken prisoner[s] immediately? (380). Once they were prisoners, they were fed some sort of meat. Despite Emilio?s effort to convince him otherwise, Marc refused to eat the food he was given throughout the imprisonment. As the imprisonment went on, Emilio eventually found out he was eating, ?the meat of the innocents? (380). Emilio continued eating the meat even after he knew; his soul was hardly functioning. As he had watched children and his close friends die, he was in such a state of despair that his soul barely even noticed what he was doing. The gardens led to high hormone levels, which led to more babies. The babies led to the murder of Emilio?s good friends and Runa. Then the two surviving humans were imprisoned by the patrol that performed the slaughter.

The equality theorem in math says if A is equal to B, and B is equal to C, then A is equal to C. In the same form as the equation, the gardens equal the babies, the babies equal the slaughter, and the slaughter equals the imprisonment. The imprisonment equals the beginning of Emilio?s despair. Finally, the gardens are equal to the beginning of despair. However, with this equation, one could argue that nearly any point in the novel was the beginning of despair. Emilio?s birth, or the detection of the alien sounds from earth, could be said to be the original cause. A good turning point is the gardens, but, it could also easily be said that the lack of foresight by the humans, when they built the garden, eventually lead to despair.

The story finishes as Marc and Emilio are ransomed off the patrol by Supaari and made part of Supaari?s household (382). Emilio then agrees to have the hasta?akala preformed on he and Marc. Not knowing what he actually agreed to proved to be brutal, as it eventually killed Marc. The operation also took any sense of independence away from Emilio. Shortly after the operation had been done on Emilio?s hands, Suparri traded Emilio for the right to be a founder of his own lineage. Emilio was then put into a sort of sexual zoo (389) where he was raped repetitively (394). He eventually decided to try and scare his rapist by killing the next person who came into his room. Unfortunately for him, it was his endeared Runa friend who had led a rescue mission to rescue him. After accidentally killing his friend, Emilio was sent home (397) and was met by reports that he was a whore and a murderer.

The end of the book completes the equation. The accidental murder, and misunderstood rape were the final steps in the ruining of Emilio?s soul. Therefore, the loss of independency equaled the rape of Emilio, and the rape of Emilio equaled the accidental murder of Emilio?s good Runa friend. The murder equaled the final step in the ruining of Emilio?s soul.

One night, before the mission began, Emilio had a dream of a ?full-blown rose unfolding petal by petal? (107). Roses obviously grow in gardens, and this dream should have been interpreted as a foreshadowing. Emilio was the rose, and the garden was the place where Emilio?s life began to unfold. Bit by bit, decision by decision, and bad break by bad break, Emilio?s soul was peeled away layer by layer, until all that was left was the rose bud. Once Emilio was back on earth, all he had was a body, nothing else. He was nearly soulless, and most of all, it could have happened to anybody. The fact that the object in the foreshadowing took place in a garden only helps strengthen the argument that the original cause of despair was the garden the mission planted. As said before, one could argue that nearly anything was the original cause of despair for Emilio and the Jesuit mission to Rakhat. However, it should be assumed that because the main piece of foreshadowing had to do with an object in a garden, the author wanted the reader to realize that the garden was in fact the original cause of despair.

The importance of this novel lied in the fact that the gardens equaled the ruining of the Jesuit group, especially Emilio?s body and soul. The author?s point was that a man who left earth as a whole man, envied and looked up to by many, came back with his life in an egregious state. The worst part about it was that next to no one gave him a real chance to explain himself. Instead, he felt as if everyone was after him, not feeling as if he had any support at all. It took one main decision, a reasonable, and almost necessary decision, to led to Emilio?s demise. The point was that anyone, anyone at all, no matter how important, smart, good-looking, or popular, could have his or her body and soul destroyed at anytime.

Importance of the Gardens in The Sparrow 8.2 of 10 on the basis of 3148 Review.