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The Monk

The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis was published in 1796 and is considered one of the classic exemplars of the late eighteenth-century Gothic Romance. It is set in Madrid, Spain, and has a complex...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 2:56 am UTC

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Matthew Gregory Lewis’s The Monk is a quintessential novel within the Gothic genre. Written in 1796, the novel relies on traditional male and female gender roles and then obscures and deconstructs...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019 2:23 am UTC

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The Monk: A Romance by Matthew Gregory Lewis was originally published in 1796. It was a typical novel of the “Gothic” genre, which was typified by dramatic, convoluted plots, horror, supernatural...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 11:51 pm UTC

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Ambrosio, the eloquent priest, has the reputation of severity, which is revealed when Agnes (Lorenzo’s sister) comes with the other nuns to confession. She drops a letter, picked up by Ambrosio,...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2009 10:46 am UTC

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Raymond tarries at the home of the baroness and her husband when he meets her niece Agnes. The two fall in love, and Raymond goes to the baroness to ask for her blessing. Instead, the baroness...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 9:59 am UTC

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Ambrosio and Matilda spend the night making love, Ambrosio no longer feeling the guilt of sin. Matilda speaks of a plan by which she can be healed from her poisoning. The next night in the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 8:48 pm UTC

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I assume that by "visually Gothic" elements, you mean elements of the text which represent Gothic motifs, particularly of the sort which reappear not only in other Gothic stories but also, later,...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019 10:36 am UTC

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Ambrosio and Matilda are brought before the Inquisition. Both proclaim their innocence, which means they must submit to the tortures. Matilda then confesses her guilt and is condemned to be burned...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2009 1:36 am UTC

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Leonella and her niece, Antonia, have joined a crowd at the Capuchin church to hear the sermon of the celebrated priest. Leonella tells her niece's story to two young men, Don Lorenzo and Don...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2009 7:52 pm UTC

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One could logically conclude that any individual who sells his soul to Satan in exchange for the opportunity to have sex with a fair maiden who views that individual through the prism of religious...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2015 4:01 am UTC

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In Volume II, Chapter 2 of The Monk, Lorenzo tells Raymond that he supports him and understands that he has no ulterior motives in his pursuit of Lorenzo's sister Agnes. Further, Lorenzo explains...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2017 6:19 pm UTC

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Lorenzo arrives back in Madrid with a representative of the Inquisition. During the procession honoring St. Clare, the prioress is arrested. Mother St. Ursula publicly relates the account of...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 11:36 pm UTC

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Ambrosio continues his visits to Antonia. He asks if there is not a man whom she has ever loved. She confesses that she has loved him since she first heard him speak. Misinterpreting her, he...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 9:50 am UTC

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Raymond is prostrate with grief over the death of his sister Agnes, so Theodore plots to disguise himself as a beggar and go to the convent to find out what has become of her. He is taken into the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 8:10 pm UTC

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Lorenzo confronts Raymond concerning his relationship with his sister Agnes and his being identified as Alphonse d’Alvarada, who tried to elope with Agnes. Raymond tells his story.Raymond desires...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2009 8:13 pm UTC

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Antonia is grief-stricken at the death of her mother. She is alone, with her aunt Leonella married and distant, Raymond ill and ignorant of her plight, and Lorenzo off to procure from the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 9:51 pm UTC

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Volume II, chapter 3 of The Monk serves to confirm the evil intentions and deeds that characterize Father Ambrosio. Violating his celibacy with Matilda, which is recounted in the early part of the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021 8:21 pm UTC

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The Monk

The Monk, published in 1796, is a classic Gothic novel. It has all the elements you could want in a novel. A man supposed to be Godly and his downfall, but it also has a beautiful love story to...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2014 7:10 pm UTC

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Ambrosio is by Antonia’s side when she awakens from her drugged sleep in the crypt. He forces himself on her and rapes her. Afterwards, he is as disgusted with Antonia as he was with Matilda, who...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2009 1:05 am UTC

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The Monk, which was instrumental in establishing the Gothic subgenre of English fiction, has many Gothic elements. The plot includes numerous features that became characteristic of Gothic fiction:...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019 2:36 am UTC

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One theme to note in the final chapter of Matthew Lewis’s gothic novel, The Monk, is instant gratification versus suffering. Think about the lexical strategies that Matilda uses to try and persuade...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2021 6:50 pm UTC

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In this famous gothic novel Theodore is the servant of Raymond, the man who falls in love with Agnes, who is the sister of Lorenzo. This is what puts Lorenzo and Theodore in contact with each...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2013 7:20 am UTC

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. In the socio-historical framework of the French Revolution, Gothic novels like Matthew Lewis’s The Monk serve as metaphors for the individual rebel/tyrant dynamic, the phenomena of the mob, and...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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The Monk is a fully developed example of a Gothic novel. The Gothic genre depends on a combination of terror and pleasure, created by situating a complex plot that usually involved elements of the...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2009 5:43 am UTC

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The Monk: A Romance by Matthew Gregory Lewis was published in 1796 and is widely considered a significant exemplar of the Gothic genre. The first Gothic element of the novel is its setting. For...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019 2:18 am UTC

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The last chapter in The Monk demonstrates the weakness of Ambrosio. Just as Ambrosio lacked the strength to resist the physical temptations of Matilda and Antonia, he now lacks the will to face the...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2021 7:29 pm UTC

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You can start by thinking about this novel's historic context and the audience that Lewis was addressing. This was a novel concerning the French Revolution, written for an English readership that...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2015 11:24 pm UTC

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While the central events surrounding Matilda and Ambrosio have overt supernatural elements, the novel also reflects some of the philosophy of the Enlightenment. The author Matthew Gregory Lewis...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 6:43 pm UTC

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Don Lorenzo and Don Christovel are shown to be friends, fellow cavaliers, as they are introduced in Chapter 1. In the opening chapter of this famous gothic novel, the two friends are at the church...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2013 5:57 am UTC

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Volume III, Chapter 5 represents the resolution of this complex, gothic novel, which titilated its audience and is so famous for shaping the gothic genre. In this section of the novel, Ambrosio and...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2013 5:58 am UTC

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There are several points in Monk Lewis' The Monk at which Matilda shows herself to be evil. First, she commits the sin of fornication. Next, Matilda heals herself performing some secret ritual...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 9:43 am UTC

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The Monk is set primarily in Catholic Spain. The Virgin Mary, or Madonna, is held in Roman Catholicism to have the power of intercession with her son, Jesus Christ, in order to give miraculous aid...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 4:36 pm UTC

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