from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Jewish folklore, an artificially created human supernaturally endowed with life.
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- n. A Creature made of mud and clay. Brought to life from a magical spell on a piece of paper shoved in its mouth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Jewish use, a shapeless mass; an unfinished vessel or a lifeless bulk; in modern Jewish parlance, a blockhead; a stupid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mechanism that can move automatically
- n. (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural means
The impression you get from a golem is more of brute force and slavery which I doubt is what you are going for with your character.
Knowing this, what do you think the significance of the golem is in this novel.
And I think a golem is a pretty accurate metaphor.
If you played D&D or are Jewish, you know that a golem is a living creature animated out of inanimate material, in this case clay.
He tried to quell his human softness, knowing the golem was a literally heartless, unliving thing, but he could not.
There is a creature found in traditional Jewish folklore called the golem, an animate humanlike being fashioned completely from inanimate material.
Both versions recall the golem running amok and threatening innocent lives, so Rabbi Loew removed the Divine Name, rendering the golem lifeless.
I did want to take a moment to point out how the reviewer takes umbrage with my usage of the word "golem" instead of "zombie".
"A golem is a mindless creature created as a servant from lifeless materials, such as stone, wood, or ...
He said there was a reference to the notion of "golem" in Loew's work, but it had another meaning, namely an unwise man.