To Each His Own Essay

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Thomas Jefferson once stated, “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites.” This (1) profound statement gives the (2) implication that people often use religion in order to avoid blame or criticism for their (3) reprehensible actions. Many individuals hold great (4) disdain for organized religion because it allows people to believe that they are no longer held by the morals of society if they have religion on their side. Religious individuals can be seen to have a (5) ...view middle of the document...

The rector’s statement implies that the Church would not punish him because they are afraid of the scandal being exposed which would result in (11) caustic reactions from the public. Through Sciascia’s use of figurative language, one can clearly see how the rector holds great disdain towards the Church because it hides appalling affairs in order to preserve the (12) façade of a morally just institution. The ‘series’ and the ‘fireworks’ that the rector claims he could display figuratively implies that there are many such ‘scandals’ that the Church is trying to hide. It is attempting to avoid becoming (13) infamous for the many wrongdoings that occur which demonstrates how religious individuals feel that they are exempted from following morals of society because they could claim that their beliefs make them virtuous. Because of this, it is no surprise that they are hated for their insincerity and reluctance to follow what they preach. The Church proclaims that such ‘scandals’ are dishonorable, but the ‘fireworks’ prove that there were many offenses that show that they go against their own beliefs. The statement made by the rector demonstrated how many individuals tend to hide behind organized religion in order to get away with their wrongdoings.
To proceed further in his investigation, Laurana goes to Palermo to visit Dr. Roscio Sr. who is Dr. Roscio Jr.’s father. While discussing the noticeable changes in his son prior to his death, Dr. Roscio Sr. expressed his indigence at his son marrying into a Catholic family. He (14) elaborates on his disdain for Catholics and states, “In the course of a lifetime, some people will have eaten half a salma’s worth of wheat in the form of Communion wafers, and they’re the same people who are always ready to put their hand in another man’s pocket…” (Sciascia 68). The doctor’s statement shows how he holds great contempt towards the Church and its followers for their hypocrisy. The author’s use of symbolism demonstrates the insincerity of religious people by describing how many would act differently when people are not around to witness their (15) ghastly actions. The ‘Communion wafers’ symbolize the supposed cleansing power of religion which excuses Catholics from blame or criticism. Dr. Roscio explains how Catholics feel superior to others because they consume these wafers which represent their faith. However, the fact that they ‘put their hand in another man’s pocket,’ which represents theft, symbolizes how even though they preach goodness and righteousness, they often go against their beliefs. The ‘same people’ that proclaim to be (16) benevolent and morally upright are the ones that are hypocritical and dishonest. The statement made by Dr. Roscio about Catholics demonstrates how religious people act differently behind closed doors and use religion as a way to cover up for their (17) malevolent actions.
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