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Friday, July 23, 2010

Samson and Delilah

I've been wanting to get this off my chest for nearly two decades:
This is not a love story!

Let's recap:
Samson is made public enemy #1 after killing 1000 soldiers with the jawbone of an ass.
Delilah is a whore paid for her services, and Samson is one of her regulars.
No romance, just a business transaction.
She is paid by the authorities to find the secret of his strength, so she asks him. Four times.
He lies. Three times.
All three times Delilah tries to limit his power with the lie he told her. The Philistines attacked him, and all three times they were dispatched.
Samson should have been thinking with a different organ, instead he tells Delilah the secret of his strength.
Writers refer to this as being TSTL: Too Stupid to Live.
The fourth time she asks he tells her the truth. His hair is cut off and his strength is gone.
The Philistines, blind him, put him in chains and throw him in prison.
No mention of Delilah is made after this.
Is this how a woman in love acts?
He was mistreated in prison, but his hair started to grow back.
He was strapped to two pillars so the public could mock him.
When he prayed, his strength was restored and he collapsed the roof on those within the building. There was never any word from Delilah, nor did he ask about her.
He died with his enemies.

I told this story to my son for one reason: To encourage thinking with the right organ.
Our conversation was pretty funny, but the moral is clear.
A woman who attempts to have you murdered is not a nice girl, move on.

If I were to submit this story to an editor, it would be rejected immediately.
No sexual tension. It was already going on.
The hero is not heroic. Depending on your point of view, Samson could be a resistance fighter or a terrorist. The Philistines were oppressing the Israelites, so Samson's heroism can be debated. He murdered and he burned crops, and he left his first wife at the wedding after she told guests the answer to a puzzle he asked them.
He is not sympathetic at all and niether is the heroine.
There is no happily ever after.
There is no villain, unless you count lack of judgement.

My final word, Samson and Delilah is not a romance. A morality tale, yes. A warning against arrogance and bad choices, yes. A blue print for dating? Not so much.


catslady said...

I never knew all the details - I found it quite interesting and agree with your conclusion. I believe most of the myths, fables, etc. were all meant to be teaching tools and shouldn't be taken to literally.

Jen Childers said...

There is often a grain of truth in each tale. How often have we heard that line in a movie?
I was listening to a song by the Judds and one of the lines talked about S&D, a love they couldn't deny.
No, no love here honey.
Take care and thanks for posting.