Stick Man in Real World

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In Robert Coover’s “Stick Man”, each character lives in their own world, which have theological parallels. In each case, however different, there seem to be correlations that give a glimpse into the common Christian theology, which is most common in the United States today. The Stick people, humans, Cartoon Man, and their corresponding plains of existence are all allusions to Christian theology portrayed in the book of Genesis. Stick Man and Stick Woman share the same characteristics as Adam and Eve. The world both of these live in, they are promised everything and are given the choice of freedom as they wish. Coover represents this when he writes: “The horizon is a mere line, but as always he fills it with a landscape of his imagination.” As well as the promise for every thing, Stick Man and Stick Woman, like Adam and Eve, were naked, without clothing. While Stick Man lives in a world that is commonly referred to as the “Garden of Paradise”, Adam and Eve are given access to everything in the Garden of Eden except for the Tree of Knowledge. “Today, however, the Garden of Paradise seems a bit tatty. Trampled. Gone to seed.” In the beginning of the story, the Stick Man becomes displeased with his world. As in the Bible, these two parallels between characters are introduced to evil through the works of the devil. “The Stick Man thinks about evil. Perhaps for the first time.” The Cartoon Man, who seemingly is appealing to the Stick Man, introduces the word ‘evil’ into the Stick Man’s life, much like Satan did to Adam and Eve in the form of the Snake. Although, these happen in different points of the story, the Stick Man, surrounded by evil in the human world, probably wouldn’t have witnessed this evil if Cartoon Man never introduced him to it. On the contrary, Adam and Eve are tempted by the snake to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, and in

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