The Characters Of Othello, The Monk And Jeannette In Oranges

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Compare and contrast how religion shapes and affects the characters of Othello, The Monk and Jeannette in Oranges. In the opening of “The Monk” we are given a sensationalised and somewhat excessively idolised description of Ambrosio’s character, “Antonia’s eyes followed him with anxiety…it seems to her that she had lost someone essential to her happiness”. Based on the insight that we have been given of Antonia’s emotion it is apparent that Ambrosio is seems to provoke emotions of extraordinary proportion. For this to occur, Ambrosio is evidently a character of great vigour, potency and authority. The use of ‘noble port’ and ‘commanding presence’ exemplify this, ‘noble’ being used in order to convey the fine personal qualities of Ambrosio, and ‘commanding’ being used to reinforce his state of authority; the combination of ‘commanding presence’ emphasizing his vigour and potency.
More on, as well as Antonia’s emotion being made apparent to us, we are also given insight to the emotions of the Church. It reaches a point at which the people in the church began to worship Ambrosio as if he was Christ himself through “His auditors crowded round him, loaded him with blessings, threw themselves at his feet, and kissed the hem of his garment...”.These actions are very similar to how you would expect a celestial being to be treated, ‘the sound of his voice seemed to penetrate into every soul’ provokes the idea that the people of the church perceived or regarded Ambrosio as a man of great likening to Christ, a man that carries an undefinable presence about him who is able to provoke a consortium of emotion from the people that admire him due to his pious character. The use of “He knows not what consists the difference of Man and Woman”, illustrates to what great extent Ambrosio has embedded himself in the philosophies of religion thus leading to a portrayal of ignorance. Arguably, this high level of ignorance is rooted from his embedment in religion. This can be considered testament to how out of touch or unacquainted he is with the world in its entirety, because he is encompassed in the creeds of his religion, the set guidelines and rules, opposed to following the creed of Christianity as a faith, solely basing his mind set and innermost being on what Christians would regard as the spiritual aspect of Christianity, and not the religion of Christianity itself. Does this go to say that Ambrosio’s demise is a result of him being unable differentiate between Christianity as a faith and not a religion?
Arguably, these characteristics come from the fact that Ambrosio is so very deeply engrossed and adoptive of the morals of his religion, causing you to perceive his character as somewhat that of a superior and holy being. This is evident from the various...

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