Ivanhoe By Walter Scott Essay Research Paper

Ivanhoe By Walter Scott Essay, Research Paper

While reading the book Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott I have come to the conclusion

that Scott criticizes the church a lot. By some of the quotes by various

characters show that he has some type of grudge towards the church. In the

following paragraphs I will give several examples of his criticism. One example

of the criticism of the church is when the Grand Master was talking at the

trial. He said: ?You are aware that we might well have refused this woman the

benefit of the trail by combat; but, though a Jewess and an unbeliever, she is

also a stranger and defenseless, and God forbid that she should ask the benefit

of our mild laws and that should be refused to her? This is just one of many

that the Grand Master is accusing and not letting the trial be fair because

Rebecca is a Jew. This shows that many of the churchman would lie to save their

one life. I am led to believe that the only reason why they turned Rebecca in

for being a witch is because they wanted to save one of their own (Brian).

Another example of the criticism of the church is the appearance of Brian and

Brother Aymer. They both seemed to be rich and since all people involved in the

church are supposed to live with fewer advantages they aren?t supposed to be

rich. We knew that they were rich because the brother had many servants and

people with him. The brother was also over weight so it should that he indulged

a lot even though he wasn?t supposed to. Then when Wamba tricked them by

saying one direction and pointing the other. Scott was trying to say that

obviously the two churchman that Wamba encountered were not that bright. Then

there was the time when Ulrica was talking to Cedric about her past. She said:

?This castle, for ten years, has opened to no priest save the debauched Norman

chaplain who partook the nightly revels of Front-de-Boeuf, and he has been long

gone to render an account of his stewardship. But thou art a Saxon—a Saxon

priest, and I have one question to ask of thee? Then she goes on saying how

priests have come and gone not even noticing the pain she was going through.

Since Ulrica?s past was so awful she has always has always hated her because

they have never helped her when she needed them the most. Though in Ivanhoe

there were many examples of criticism but it would take awhile to name all of

them. It was obvious that Scott didn?t exactly like the church. The strange

thing that I keep on thinking about is why he didn?t like the church. I think

that there is probably a good reason but most people don?t even know about it.

Still he made his point in the book.


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