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Father Quigley(TM)s sermon and the presentation of religion.

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Access English Literature Assignment. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore Look again at chapter 4 in: The lonely passion of Judith Hearne and concentrate on Father Quigley's sermon and the presentation of religion. Analysing Moore's narrative methods and themes, consider in what ways this extract reveals Moore's negative attitude to organised religion. Relate your findings to the rest of the novel. Brian Moore a successful Irish novelist who was born into a privileged middle class Roman Catholic family in Belfast, on the 25th August1921. Moore is one of nine children who had a strict Roman Catholic upbringing; his two brothers are doctors and his father a successful surgeon and head of Catholic hospital. Moore remembers his father as a man who would not "tolerate failure"1. Moore went to school at Saint Malachy's College; he once described his school as a "priest factory"2 showing his displeasure for regimented organised religion. Moore confessed to becoming within a "hairs breath of being a failure,"3 as he could not pass his maths exam to follow in his father and brothers footsteps. He was a university drop-out and realised early in life that he was an atheist4. ...read more.

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priest's white and gold vestments shone brightly out of the murk above his congregation."20 Moore felt this is "Like many attitudes of Irish priests, he takes the best seat in the room and considers everything to be in his due".21. Stood like a "watchdog"22 and "his nostrils flare like a horse."23 To the reader this reveals he is like an owl seeking his prey, in for the kill, as he hurled abuse at his parishioners, shouting repetitively. "I mean you people up there.., I mean coming in late.., I mean young boys and girls dirtying up the seats.., I mean the shocking attitude of the parishioners..,"24 it sounds like he is threatening the parishioners with eternal damnation "if you don't have time for god he will have no time for you."25Mass is supposed to be a celebration to God. Moore reveals the paradox of Father Quigley's angry outburst as a contradiction, "if not a caricature, and a combination of all the worst defects observed imaginable in a Roman Catholic Priest."26 Moore further subjects the reader to the belief that the Roman Catholic religion is controlling; he once again uses Father Quigley's embittered tone, as he tells the congregation they have "plenty of money! ...read more.

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(Pg101) 22. Moore B, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, London Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition 2007, (Pg 70) 23. Ibid (Pg72) 24. Ibid (Pg 70-71) 25. Ibid (Pg73) 26. Donoghue, J Brian Moore: A Critical Study, London, Gill and Macmillan Ltd, 1990 (Pg 21). 27. Classics edition 2007, (Pg 70) 28. Ibid (Pg 73) 29. Ibid (Pg71) 30. Ibid (Pg74) 31. Ibid (Pg71) 32. Craig P, Brian Moore biography, smoothing out the rough edges. The Spectator, Dec 7 2002 . Jonathan. Keates 33. Moore B, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, London Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition 2007, (Pg 236) 34. Cosgrove B. Brian Moore and The Price of Freedom in a Secular World. Irish University Review. Vol 18. No1 Spring 1988. Editor, Christopher Murry. Pg(60) 35. Moore B, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, London Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition 2007, (Pg 237) 36. Craig P, Brian Moore biography, smoothing out the rough edges. The Spectator, Dec 7 2002 . Jonathan. Keates. 37. Moore B, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, London Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition 2007, (Pg 235) 38. Moore B, Black Robe. London, Flamingo, 1994 39. Moore B, Cold heaven. London, triad/panther, 1985 40. Craig P, Brian Moore biography, smoothing out the rough edges. The Spectator, Dec 7 2002 . Jonathan. Keates. ?? ?? ?? ?? June Boyd English Page 1 Words 1632 17/02/2009 ...read more.

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