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  1. Introduction.
  2. The story of Christ as our guide.
  3. Christ's character within specific moments according to Rice.
  4. The multiple perspectives of Christ's mother, father, uncles, brothers and even strangers.
  5. Differences between Mailer's book and Rice.
  6. The character of Christ and all the flaws assigned to man.
  7. Three Marys by Parks and Crace.
  8. Miriam, the mother of Christ.
  9. Conclusion.

History is a story. A man, a woman is a narrative. With each moment of our beings, we sift through the scattered array of images and experiences woven through our discourse to create the illusion of a coherent, cohesive self. And, despite our attachment to this image, reality remains fluid. We dart between the terms assigned to them, dancing from signifier to the signified, constructing our beings along the lines and traces of countless stories. We are then in constant motion, weaving multiple paths through the clutter of the human experience to constantly re-create and re-imagine the nature of our reality. Being is a process; meaning is a construction, created in dialogue between a reader and a writer across the man-imagined boundaries of time and space.

[...] She remembers his words and the way in which he inspired those around him: ?People talk now of the love that used to flow from him, but I never felt anything like that. He would look at you as if you were a stone or a block of wood. No, the love was what came out of other people? (Park 43). Despite these observations, for Mary, Jesus remains a mystery. He does not fit within any paradigm known to her. [...]

[...] The multiple perspectives of his mother, father, uncles, brothers and even strangers, present Christ with numerous narratives rooted in the gospels though which he attempts to define him self. His own story then is drawn through his relationship with these stories, but because their meaning is not fixed, their truths can't be confined within man-made categories and titles. He cries: ?father in Heaven, tell me, what you want of me, Tell me what these things mean? Everything has a story to it. [...]

[...] Jesus recognizes that there are multiple ways by which God can be realized and because of this he falls through the holes in the ideologies Mailer writes through. He is able to live within a man-imagined reality even as he transcends these interpretations to reveal alternative ways of both seeing and being in the world. We are then able, as readers, to wander through his memories and experiences in an attempt to read through the lines, to construct a new interpretation of his being as expressed through his internal monologues. [...]

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