The Name Of The Rose Essay

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The Name of the Rose
“The Name of the Rose” is by Jean-Jacques Annaud, it came out on September 24th 1986 in the United States. The settings of the movie is in Benedictine abbey in North Italy during the year 1327. The movie is about an intellectual monk who investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. The film says a lot about the influence of the Roman Catholic Churches and gives us an idea how literature was important, but not how intellectual pursuits were uninteresting to the Christianity if it wasn’t about God.

To start, Arnaud’s film holds the theme of reason vs. faith and it shows us the influence of the Roman Church during the medieval era. The main character of “The Name of the Rose” is William of Baskerville. William investigates mysterious deaths of monks in the abbey. During the medieval time, the church controlled a fair amount of land. The Roman churches elaborated their landholdings by forbidding to sell church property and also forbid priests from getting married so they wouldn’t have property to pass on to other generations. The church was extremely powerful because they had their own political power and they kept this power by “keeping in touch” with powerful leaders and they made a threat of excommunication from the church. Excommunication was very frightful for the people during the medieval time because the people believed they would be rejected of salvation and feared they would go to hell. In the movie, William uses logic and reason rather than accusation of witchcraft to explain the deaths of the monks. In the Roman Church, anyone who disagree of the teachings or the beliefs of the church is called a heretic. Bernardo Gui is called to replace William because of his lack of agreement with the church. Bernardo is known as an inquisitor. The church got rid of heresy by using inquisitions. Inquisitions are investigations by church...

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