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Brother Cadfael Vs Father Brown Essay

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Would there be a difference in two fictional detectives in England, one living in the 12th century and the other in the 20th? Of course, not only because of different literary styles employed by authors but also in character development. G.K. Chesterton, famed English theologian, writes about the adventures of a Catholic Father with the name Brown, the latter of these two detectives. Brother Cadfael, a Welsh, living in medieval England came out of the imagination of an author with the pseudonym of Ellis Peters. Besides being set in two different periods, the detectives differed in their view of man, their sleuthing skills, and motivation for solving the crimes.
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His wise piece of advice shows that he does not value some better than others, Understanding that the human nature courses through everyone’s blood the same way, he meets people with a certain empathy not found in Father Brown. While he carries a sense of sympathy, he sees that sometimes “God, nevertheless, require[s] a little help from men, and what he mostly [gets] is hindrance” (Peters 45). Because the men differ in their beliefs, other differences show up.
The ways that the two detectives view man also affects their crime solving methods. In the process of figuring out the answer to the crime, Father Brown and Brother Cadfael employed different methods. Father Brown in his stories observed situations and then explained the reason why something happened after the fact. However, Brother Cadfael leads the reader along in the adventure explaining and deducing as the plot progresses. One can observe this themselves as they go along through each text. In each separate Father Brown short story, the person reading continues in the story without knowing an explanation until the final few paragraphs. In contrast, in the Brother Cadfael novels, the author provides enough clues for the reader to involve their minds in solving the crime along with Cadfael the whole time. Using ingenuity, the power of conversation, and observance, Brother Cadfael easily comes to the answer. In A Morbid Taste for Bones, he solves the crime by first learning about the situations through a pointed conversations and then ultimately planting traps to discover the guilty person. In order to...

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