Key Terms (note: definitions below taken from Ann B. Dobie's text, Theory into Practice: An Introduction to Literary Criticism - see General Resources below):
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Prophets emphasize and contribute to obstacles, producing a sense of urgency and crisis and establishing escalating cycles of expectation: prophets demonstrate powers and followers prove their loyalty.  Given the substantial commitments demanded of followers, prophets promise quick results.  Most movements are completed within a generation, although longevity increases resilience.  To compensate for lost time and resources, material and supernatural benefits are promised, including vows to heal the sick or raise the dead.  Although assimilation contributes to revitalization, prophets initially encourage integration, using diversity for strength in numbers.  Prophets claim predictive powers and foresee success despite resistance, promising supernatural protection and victory.