It was a sunny day in Pompeii, and Titus and Claudia, who had immense wealth, were on vacation. Titus’s brother Alexander and his wife Antonia were resting on the beachside with them. The waves were crashing and the air was cool, but this was the calm before the storm. Suddenly, they noticed some rubble descending from the towering Mt. Vesuvius. Titus, his wife and some others thought it was wise to leave, but Alexander and Antonia wished to stay. Titus tried to persuade them that it was dangerous to remain on the beach, but Alexander stated unwisely that it was nothing to be worried about.
Unfortunately, volcanic rock, ash, and lava covered the beach like a blood-smeared blanket. Titus and Claudia made it to the hotel and quickly grabbed their items. “Claudia, you leave the jewelry! We urgently have to run!” demanded Titus. “But what about your brother?” replied Claudia. “Don’t worry about him. He was a fool to stay on the beach,” snapped her husband.
Ignoring Titus, Claudia hurried to save Alexander. But when Titus came to find his wife, she was buried under a pile of ash. Sadly, Titus hopped on a chariot and road away as fast as he could. Even though he saved himself, his family was burnt. Moral: Take good advice when it’s offered by a loved one.
As the shimmering sun shone down, Atticus and Antonia were enjoying their vacation in the Roman city of Pompeii. Atticus, who was a lavishly wealthy tax collector, had brought his wife to the beautiful bay town. In August a festival was held to commemorate the god Vulcan, so they had chosen this time to visit.
When the celebration was over, Atticus and Antonia packed up their belongings. Suddenly, great earthquakes started to shake the land. Because the trimmers happened all the time, the couple didn’t think anything of it. Out of nowhere, they could hear erupting and exploding outside. Mt. Vesuvius, the place where Vulcan dwelt, was spewing molten lava out of its top. “We need to get out of here, Atticus!” screamed Antonia frantically. “I don’t know if we can make it on foot. Either way, let’s run!” he remarked.
When they sprinted outside, Atticus’s blood turned cold as he gazed at the billowing bunch of smoke that was black as night. It was rising out of Mt. Vesuvius like a serpent. Luckily, there was a spare horse out front. As they rode away from the ash-covered city, the frightened pair heard wailing and moaning from inside the smoke. Their vacation was ruined, but they made it out alive.
Should Edmund have followed the White Witch in the book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?” No, it was not a wise decision because she was against the righteous lion, Aslan, she was cruel to Edmund and the other creatures who surrounded her, and she had dark magic and a treacherous spear.
The White Witch was an enemy of Aslan. The noble lion was benevolent while the Witch, who claimed she was queen of Narnia, was a corrupt ruler. During his time at the Beavers’ house, Edmund had been told that the pale woman was evil and that Aslan was the savior of the kingdom.
Another reason Edmund shouldn’t have obeyed the Witch is that she was sour. Not only was she cruel to him, but she was also nasty to the other oppressed souls. For example, the dwarf was a follower of hers but was mistreated even though he was loyal to her. She also ordered the dwarf to ruthlessly beat Edmund if he tripped in the snow.
Because the Witch was dangerous and diabolical, the self-centered adolescent was obtuse in his judgment. She was a witch, so not only did she have the power to cast spells, such as turning living things into stone like when he witnessed some animals having a feast and being eternally frozen into rock just because they had gotten food from Father Christmas. The creatures in the courtyard also suffered the same horrible fate. Plus, when Edmund first met her, she held a threatening spear.
Edmund should not have joined the Witch since she hated Aslan, the savior of Narnia, she was mean to him and the other animals, and she had occult abilities and a sharp weapon. Edmund was a fool to become a disciple of this wretched, woman-like beast.