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<ul><li><p>8/9/2019 Criticism of Monasticism Essay</p><p> 1/5</p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Criticism of Monasticism Essay</p><p> 2/5</p><p>This passage ma+es a moc+ery of the "lind adherence of mon+s to these acts.</p><p>:y repeating certain phrases 8fasting, praying9 it suggests a lac+ of conscious</p><p>thought, and ma+es a ;o+e of the mindless repetition involved. 5dditionally, de</p><p>%avarre uses the word inessantly to further ridicule the upertitious -oman.</p><p>5nother *enaissance meaning of the word superstitieu!is to descri"e</p><p>some"ody who is unnecessarily mean with money3. !t is possi"le that this is a</p><p>reference on the part of de %avarre to the practice of indulgences, to which</p><p>Evangelists and *eformists ali+e were opposed. 5ccording to the Catholic</p><p>Catechism, an indulgence is </p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Criticism of Monasticism Essay</p><p> 3/5</p><p>"ody, and does not thin+ of her soul, the uperstitious -oman uses hers</p><p>merely as a way for her to prove her piety, and does not thin+ to +eep it</p><p>healthy where it does not specically serve her soul to do so. The -ise -oman</p><p>then sets out to show the two that they are "oth incorrect. he tells them that</p><p>'man is not the "ody of which you spea+', and that 'it is the ;oining of the two</p><p>4the soul and the "ody7 that should "e called man.')Thus de %avarre</p><p>demonstrates the folly, in her eyes, of such masochistic activities, and shows</p><p>that she "elieves the mon+s who follow this doctrine are in fact sinning "y</p><p>destroying their "odies, which have "een gifted to them "y God and should as</p><p>such "e treated with due care and reverence. he also suggests, when she</p><p>states that '&gt;e despises your suering, travels, and gifts that are done without</p><p>charity'B</p><p>, that these acts are done more out of a fear of punishment than agenuine desire to do good, and as such are pointless and displeasing to God.</p><p>$oreover, de %avarre, through the -ise -oman, tells the audience that she</p><p>"elieves the Catholic clergy are also committing sin through their pride and</p><p>stu""ornness not to change. The -orldly -oman 8who could "e said to</p><p>represent atheists, or merely those who do not su"scri"e to the Catholic faith in</p><p>any guise9, once the -ise -oman has explained to her the Evangelicals' viewof religion, instantly ta+es the :i"le with which she is presented and says that</p><p>she will 'read it continually, see+ing my salvation in it'. n the other hand,</p><p>when the -ise -oman attempts to educate the uperstitious -oman, she</p><p>continues to argue that she is correct, repeating how she worships/ '! pray the</p><p>seven hours of the day and never cease wor+ing'&amp;6, and when it is suggested</p><p>that she admit her sins, she over#reacts, acting li+e the -ise -oman has</p><p>suggested she 'confess to "eing a loose woman... a murderer'</p><p>&amp;&amp;</p><p>, as though to"e guilty of one sins she is guilty of all. This shows that the Catholic clergy at</p><p>the time would go to ridiculous extremes to preserve their way of life. The</p><p>uperstitious -oman claims that 'worldliness never travels on the path that !</p><p>am ta+ing'&amp;0, which not only does implies that the uperstitious -oman</p><p>"elieves herself to "e "etter than the -orldly -oman, as her pilgrimage is</p><p>? +e Navarre, ($&amp;$</p><p>. +e Navarre, ($$1</p><p>" +e Navarre, ($&amp;?12 +e Navarre, ($&amp;"</p><p>11 +e Navarre, ($$#</p><p>1&amp; +e Navarre, ($11</p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Criticism of Monasticism Essay</p><p> 4/5</p><p>something only she may underta+e, "ut could also "e seen as a comment "y</p><p>de %avarre on the insular nature of the clergy and mon+s. inally, when the</p><p>-ise -oman gives her a copy of the :i"le, the uperstitious -oman says 'this</p><p>is for the learned. !t would "e improper for me, ! am too ignorant'&amp;3. %ot only is</p><p>this evidently a comment on the nature of female education, of which de</p><p>%avarre was a strong advocate, "ut it also ma+es a moc+ery of the values of</p><p>the Church, implying that they do not draw their +nowledge from scripture, "ut</p><p>instead from a sort of hearsay that has "een passed down. !t suggests the</p><p>Church itself is not worthy to follow the word of God. :y the end of the play, the</p><p>uperstitious -oman has also come around the the Evangelical idea of</p><p>worship, which shows that de %avarre "elieves no"ody is out of the reach of</p><p>salvation, even if it might "e hard to change their ways to "egin with.</p><p>!n conclusion, $arguerite de %avarre uses the character of the uperstitious</p><p>-oman to satirise the way in which the Catholic Church operated at the time of</p><p>writing, and that of the -ise -oman to show how the Evangelist movement</p><p>preached a much more rounded view of religion, neither harming the "ody nor</p><p>the soul. This wor+ is extremely eective in putting across the point of view of</p><p>de %avarre and her contemporaries, without "eing overtly critical, as it is theuperstitious -oman who at the outset refuses to change her ways. &gt;owever,</p><p>"y the end, "oth women have "een converted, in a manner that shows that</p><p>everyone can change if they so desire.</p><p>-ord Count/ &amp;(B</p><p>1$ +e Navarre, ($$?</p></li><li><p>8/9/2019 Criticism of Monasticism Essay</p><p> 5/5</p><p>!ibliography</p><p>dal Cavolo, r. Enrico, .D.:., The &amp;istorial Origin of ndulgenes()htt()**:::atholiultureorg*ulture*li;rary*vie:fm</p><p>i+012#4</p></li></ul>