Another article in our series highlighting Water for Elephants
Have you ever wondered if the story your reading have any hidden meaning to it? In the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, there are some slight biblical themes if you look closely. The name of the character Jacob is the first clue and it’s pretty obvious. However, if we dig a little deeper, we find the story of Jacob in the King James Old Testament bares some resemblance to the story of Jacob in Water for Elephants. If you didn’t catch it the first time around, here’s a brief overview of the similarities that were recently discovered.
“There are anagrams, both exact and phonetic: Catherine Hale=Leah, Marlena L’Arche=Rachel, Alan Bunkel (Uncle Al)=Uncle Laban
There is the flat rock, the dream, the animal husbandry for Uncle Laban, Jacob and Rachel (Marlena) leave with Uncle Al’s (Uncle Laban’s) best livestock, Jacob must do an additional seven years of animal husbandry in order to be with Marlena, he breaks his hip, etc. Some of his children’s names are the same as well.”
Since we don’t wish to ruin the story for those who have yet to read Water for Elephants. We will refrain from going any further to allow for your own personal discovery. However, for those of you who’ve read the book we have a few questions for you. Were you surprised to learn about the biblical references or did they easily stand out to you? After learning this information are you curious to read the book again? Please share with us your thoughts.