Francis Of Assisi ' Brother Son Sister Moon'

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Francis of Assisi - ' Brother Son Sister Moon'Crisis and conversion:While Francis is sick and dreaming, he has images of nature which represent the happiness and peacefulness. He also has images of war which help him understand that it isn't the greatest thing... neither is it the most honorable.Francis has many great conflicts with his father. Francis' father is very materialistic and possessive. Francis' father did not honorably earn the money, he bought the 'loot' from the crusades for a small price and sold them to their rightful owners for a much higher price. Father expects a lot of Francis. He expects Francis to be just like him... a so called businessman, who is profitable, but not in an honorable way. Francis' father sends him to war so Francis can get bring his father back a triptych. Francis and his father have different views of life. Francis believes in freedom, believes that a person does not have to be rich to be prosperous, and he would rather be poor like Jesus then be rich, which Jesus was not. He thinks that the rich are misrepresenting Jesus because the rich are placing the poor behind themselves. Francis thinks that Jesus represents the poor as well as the rich... 'all men are created equal'.Francis can't help but to feel scared of lepers in the beginning. After all, being scared is a normal human trait. Being in a big, bulky, helmet must feel awkward. It feels like your being closed in. Francis also feels comfort. He sees birds as a sign of freedom. This idea helps him become independent. Francis going on the roof represents the feeling of freedom compared to his bed where he was miserably enclosed.The way mass was held was inappropriate because equality was not assessed. The poor were dressed in rags and they were seated as far back as possible. On the other hand, the rich were elegantly dressed and were seated right up front. Christ's face was constructed in a rich expensive way. Christ's eyes 'opened' and Francis understood that the mass should be celebrated equally, not held discretely. Francis screamed 'no' to the idea itself that the mass should be held like the way it was held. He also is saying no to the misunderstood fact that Jesus favors the rich over the poor.Francis' father cares very much for his possessions. When Francis goes down in the 'dungeon' where slaves are making money, he feels sorry for them and realizes that his father is not a honorable man... he has slaves work in grave conditions and probably doesn't pay them enough or doesn't pay them at all. He realizes the importance of human life... over money. Francis' father becomes violent because he didn't raise his son in a way of not caring for money. He wanted Francis to take over the family business.The bishop is a corrupt man. His duties include a judge and the interpreter of the mass. Francis believes that...

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