• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

(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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    Works are dubbed "historiographic metafictions" because of their conscious self-reflexivity and concern with history. The earliest histories contain fictional elements. They are implicit amalgamations of fact and myth. The composition of the word "history" itself contains the word "story". Yet, as realism took root, history came to represent "objective" fact and the novel came to represent subjective "fiction."

  2. Explore the ways Stoppard presents romance in Arcadia. Compare the presentation of the romance ...

    reason, emblematic is her consideration of the fact that "Everything is turned to love with her. New love, absent love, lost love.." (scene 3). The whole play is built on witty dialogues, amusing puns, misunderstandings and paradoxes which help deal with the complexity of social and personal identification; the title

  1. Euthanasia should never been introduced. Persuasive essay.

    proper end of life care is a much better thing than euthanasia. Euthanasia and suicide in Islam Muslims are against euthanasia. They believe that all human life is sacred because Allah gives it, and that Allah chooses how long each person will live. Human beings should not interfere in this.

  2. `Compare and Contrast the Presentation of Family Relationships in Atonement (TM)and(TM) Oranges Are Not ...

    Like Emily and Jack Tallis, Jeanette's mother is also oblivious to the wellbeing of her daughter, especially when Jeanette goes temporarily deaf; her mother believes she is in a state of rapture; however it is Mrs. Jewsbury who has to intervene and demands that Jeanette receives medical help.

  1. the fivepeople you meet in heaven analysis

    What Eddie was completely unaware of at the time, changed the Blue Man's life for eternity, and made the earth one adult less, or in essence, one child more. On the day of the Blue Man's death Eddie was a child, outside playing ball with his friends.

  2. Comment on the writers presentation of loneliness and companionship in the novels The Old ...

    Martel in contrast uses a frame narrative to begin the novel, placing emphasis on the narrator. Even though the majority of the book is presented in the first person, the narrator can be seen by the reader as an authorial voice, placing the author personally into the structure of the novel to bridge the divide between fact and fiction.

  1. The Knowledge of Angels

    This shows how easily faith can be crushed and that Paton-Walsh uses the three characters as representations of ideas that are used to create the larger meaning of the book Hypocrisy is also apparent as the shepards are forgiven for acts of b********y, and mothers are forced to abandon their

  2. Explore the presentation of the individual against society in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...

    The Minister adopts a pragmatic approach to political problems, seeing in the Ludovico Technique a means of freeing up increasingly congested prison cells. His personal mantra, 'the point is that it works' demonstrates the cold, 'end justifying means' approach that Burgess was fiercely opposed to.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work