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					                      Noah’s Ark
                   Literary Allusions to a
                       Classical Myth

By: Andrew Sills
Sarah Drexinger
Greg Colella
Yaanik Desai
Gray Griffith
The Creation of the Ark
  So once upon a time, there was little belief in God, and
  the world was filled with wickedness. God was
  disappointed in his people, and he decided to do
  something to rid the world of all the wickedness. He
  summoned a man named Noah, not a sinless man, but
  a blameless man. God told Noah to build an ark big
  enough to hold him and his entire family along with two
  animals of every species. Noah followed God’s orders,
  and he built the ark, it was six times longer than it was
  wide. He gathered a male and a female from every
  species of animal on the earth as well as a ton of food.
  After completing the ark, Noah, his family, and all the
  animals gathered onto the ark. God shut the huge
  entrance to the ark and it began to rain.
                The Flood
As soon as God closed the ark, it started to rain. It
rained for forty days and forty nights until every piece
of ground was under water, even the highest
mountains. Noah rode around in the ark while the
waters slowly to receded. During this time, every living
thing on earth died, and all of the wickedness went with
it. The earth was wiped clean, and ready for a new
start, except for Noah and his passengers. After about
150 days, the ark came to rest on top of the Ararat
Mountains. Still there was no inhabitable land visible.
Noah waited another 250 days on top of the mountains
and decided it was almost time to leave.
           The Covenant
Noah sent out a raven, the raven flew around with no
luck and returned to the ark. Next Noah sent out a
dove, again the dove returned to the ship, he waited a
week and tried again, the dove returned with an olive
branch to show there was land somewhere. Noah
waited another week and sent out the dove once more.
This time the dove did not return and Noah knew it was
time to leave. God opened the ark, and the animals and
Noah’s family piled out. Noah made a sacrifice to God
and he was very pleased. God told Noah he would
never flood the earth again, and a rainbow appeared to
symbolize this covenant.
  Noah in Christian Text
Throughout history, different
cultures have taken the story of
Noah's Ark and propagated it
within their respective tradition.
In the Christian tradition, the
flood from the story
transformed into a symbolic
relationship correlating
salvation with water. During
baptism, the soul is cleansed by
the "water of the spirit," which
first developed from the story
of Noah's Ark.
   Noah in Rabbinic Text
The story of Noah's Ark
has been discussed
thoroughly within rabbinic
literature. In the
literature, however, they
give more credit to the
creation of the ark and
the gathering of the
animals to God and
angels, rather than Noah.
While Noah did stay
awake for an entire year
feeding the animals, he
was only dealing with the
best of each species as all
the animals acted with
    Noah in Islamic Text
Noah has been established
as one of the five principle
prophets of Islam.
Throughout the Qur'an,
Noah is mentioned with
fate in accordance or
disobedience with the
Word. In the Islamic
version, the flood was sent
by Allah in response to
Noah's prayer to rid the
world of his evil
generation. Modern
Muslims still believe the
Ark exists somewhere atop
a mountain.
Noah in Today’s Society
“Sorting Laundry”
Folding clothes,              reserved, we said, for the
I think of folding you        beach,
into my life.                 refusing, even after years,
                              to bleach into respectability.
Our king-sized sheets
like table cloths             So many shirts and skirts
for the banquets of giants,   and pants
                              recycling week after week,
pillow cases, despite so      head over heels
many                          recapitulating themselves.
washings seams still
holding our dreams.           All those wrinkles
                              to be smoothed, or else
Towels patterned orange       ignored, they're in style.
and green,
flowered pink and lavender,   Myriad uncoupled socks
gaudy, bought on sale,        which went paired into the
                              like those creatures in the
             “Sorting Laundry”
And what's shrunk                    you brought from Kuwait,
is tough to discard                  the strangely tailored shirt
even for Goodwill.                   left by a former lover...
In pockets, surprises:               If you were to leave me,
forgotten matches,                   if I were to fold
lost screws clinking on enamel;      only my own clothes,
paper clips, whatever they held      the convexes and concaves
between shiny jaws, now              of my blouses, panties,
dissolved or clogging the drain;     stockings, bras
                                     turned upon themselves,
well-washed dollars, legal tender
for all debts public and private,    a mountain of unsorted
intact despite agitation;            wash
                                     could not fill
and, gleaming in the maelstrom,      the empty side of the bed.
one bright dime,
broken necklace of good gold
                                    By: Elisavietta Ritchie
Allusions from “Sorting Laundry”
•In the poem, the speaker expresses her love for her
partner. The speaker sorts through her laundry, and in
doing so reminisces about her companion.
•The laundry metaphor emphasizes the unity of their
shared love, as is evident from the opening lines,
“Folding clothes, I think of folding you into my life.”
•The allusion to the story of Noah’s Ark is central to the
theme of disrupted unity between the lovers. The
“unpaired socks” reveals some disconnect between the
man and woman. However, the unpaired socks go
together into the wash (like a pair of animals entering
the arc) showing optimism for reconciliation.
The masts on the house roofs then,
Like the masts of Columbus’s ship
And every crow standing on their tips
Announced a different continent         Like pictures turning black in a
And the knapsacks of the travelers      Clear winter nights turned inside out.
walked down the streets                 Rainy summer nights of overseas
And the language of a foreign land      and dark mornings of capitals.
Was plunged into the hot day
Like the cold blade of a knife          And then sound of a footstep behind
                                        your back drummed
How could the air of the little town    Marching songs of a foreign army
Bear so many                            And it seems- if you would only turn
Childhood memories, loves which         your head- that in the sea
dropped away                            Your hometown’s church is floating
Of rooms which were emptied out?

                  By : Lauren Goldberg
“The masts on the house roofs then,
• Goldberg uses the poem to describe her
  arrival into Palestine as a collective and
  non-emotional experience.
• She holds a dual perspective, as an
  outsider watching the “Walking
  knapsacks,” yet also someone who
  seems familiar with the migratory
  process and life in Palestine: “Childhood
  memories, loves which dropped away”
          Allusions to Noah’s Ark
• The first stanza is the most obvious allusion to Noah’s ark, a symbol of
  wandering change in this poem.
• In the original story, the crow sent by Noah finds no land while the dove
  returns with a positive answer.
• Goldberg sees crows on the roofs of the houses in view as she approaches
  the port. The symbol of the crow, originating in this case from Noah’s
  Ark, portrays her homeland (Tel Aviv) as wandering and hopeless.
• The last line “your hometown’s church is floating,” illustrates a floating
  church, much like the image of Noah’s ark as interpreted by many biblical
• Comparing her ship to Noah’s ark shows that the people on the ship with
  her were wandering, looking for home, stability, and righteousness.
                  “Two Step”
Say, my love, I came to you
With best intentions
You laid down and gave to me just what
Im seeking
Love, you drive me to distraction

Hey my love do you believe that we
Might last a thousand years
Or more if not for this?
Our flesh and blood it ties
You and me right up
Tie me down

Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for
Were climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue,
These things we cannot change

Hey, my love, you came to me like
Wine comes to this mouth
Grown tired of water all the time
You quench my heart and you
Quench my mind
                        “Two Step”
Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for
Were climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue,
The things we cannot

Celebrate, you and me, climbing
Two by two, to be sure
These days continue, things we cannot

Oh, my love, I came to you
With best intentions
You laid down and gave to me just what
Im seeking

Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for
Were climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue,          By: Dave Matthews
Things we cannot change...
Things we cannot change
     Allusions from “Two Step”
•   “Our flesh and blood it ties          •This quote shows the
    You and me right up                   space between God and
    Tie me down”                          Noah because Noah is
•   “These things we cannot change”       mortal.
•   “Hey, my love, you came to me like    •Neither God nor Noah
    Wine comes to this mouth              could not change the
    Grown tired of water all the time”    wickedness in the world.
•   “Were climbing two by two             •God came to Noah,
    To be sure these days continue”       because he was tired of the
•   “Celebrate we will                    wretchedness of the world,
    Because life is short but sweet for   and wanted a clean start.
    certain”                              •This describes the animals
                                          boarding the ark before the
                                          •The covenant between
                                          man and God was
                                          symbolized by a rainbow, a
                                          celebration of new life.
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