History Literature / TheMonk

18th Apr '16 11:22:36 PM MasoTey
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* RoaringRampageOfRomance: Ambrosio and Matilda, who resort to murder, black magic, and, for Matilda, selling her soul to the Devil.
4th Mar '16 3:22:02 PM 5p4r74n
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* TheDevilIsALoser: [[spoiler: Inverted. Satan here is scarily competent, leading Ambrosio from lifelong virtue into utter depravity in a matter of weeks. ]]



* TheDevilIsALoser: [[spoiler: Inverted. Satan here is scarily competent, leading Ambrosio from lifelong virtue into utter depravity in a matter of weeks. ]]
4th Mar '16 3:21:13 PM 5p4r74n
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* Foil: The prioress is this to Ambrosio. Whereas Ambrosio strays from the path of good by breaking the rules of his order, the prioress does this by adhering to them to the point of cruelty.

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* Foil: {{Foil}}: The prioress is this to Ambrosio. Whereas Ambrosio strays from the path of good by breaking the rules of his order, the prioress does this by adhering to them to the point of cruelty.



* TheDevilIsaLoser: [[spoiler: Inverted. Satan here is scarily competent, leading Ambrosio from lifelong virtue into utter depravity in a matter of weeks. ]]

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* TheDevilIsaLoser: TheDevilIsALoser: [[spoiler: Inverted. Satan here is scarily competent, leading Ambrosio from lifelong virtue into utter depravity in a matter of weeks. ]]
4th Mar '16 3:18:40 PM 5p4r74n
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* DramaticIrony: The prioress praising Ambrosio's virtue [[spoiler: right as he is helping his demonic mistress carry out rituals]].


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* EvilGloating: [[spoiler: Once Satan is firmly in possession of Ambrosio's soul, he doesn't hesitate to mock him for his incontinence.]]


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* Foil: The prioress is this to Ambrosio. Whereas Ambrosio strays from the path of good by breaking the rules of his order, the prioress does this by adhering to them to the point of cruelty.


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* TheDevilIsaLoser: [[spoiler: Inverted. Satan here is scarily competent, leading Ambrosio from lifelong virtue into utter depravity in a matter of weeks. ]]
3rd Jan '16 7:23:57 PM Exxolon
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First published in 1796, ''The Monk'' is considered a classic of GothicFiction and one of the most influential novels of the genre, though some also consider it to be something of an AffectionateParody as well. It was published almost thirty years after ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'', which is considered to be the first Gothic novel. The author, Matthew Gregory Lewis, was a [[TeenGenius nineteen-year-old]] English diplomat who penned the novel in a mere ten weeks. The book became an instant success, scandalizing and entrancing the reading public. None of his other works were nearly so successful as this first effort. Indeed, the work was so strongly identified as [[OneHitWonder Lewis's greatest success]] that he was, and is, referred to as [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname "Monk" Lewis]].

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First published in 1796, ''The Monk'' '''''The Monk''''' is considered a classic of GothicFiction and one of the most influential novels of the genre, though some also consider it to be something of an AffectionateParody as well. It was published almost thirty years after ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'', which is considered to be the first Gothic novel. The author, Matthew Gregory Lewis, was a [[TeenGenius nineteen-year-old]] English diplomat who penned the novel in a mere ten weeks. The book became an instant success, scandalizing and entrancing the reading public. None of his other works were nearly so successful as this first effort. Indeed, the work was so strongly identified as [[OneHitWonder Lewis's greatest success]] that he was, and is, referred to as [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname "Monk" Lewis]].
31st Dec '15 10:27:01 AM TheFLL
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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Antonia's Innocence may be one for her.]] While it does make her unfailingly kind and loving, [[LoveAtFirstSight and is what draws Lorenzo to her,]] that same innocence is what brings her to Ambrosio's attention, triggering much of the plot of the story. [[spoiler: Indeed, after her mother's death at Ambrosio's hands, she makes several poor decisions as a consequence of her innocence and naivety, culminating in her [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty faked death, rape,]] [[KillTheCutie and actual death soon after.]]]]
31st Dec '15 9:59:40 AM TheFLL
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* FatalFlaw: Ambrosio commits the sin of pride long before he starts committing any of his truly deplorable acts. It is his pride that allows him to believe himself holy while he continues to sin.

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* FatalFlaw: Ambrosio commits the sin of pride {{Pride}} long before he starts committing any of his truly deplorable acts. It is his pride that allows him to believe himself holy while he continues to sin. Likewise, his growing {{Lust}} for Matilda, and later, Antonia, acts as the basis of his depravity over the course of the book.


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** Antonia could really be considered a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, though it's hard to say whether it's intentional or not. Her purity makes her incredibly likeable, but that purity stems from her being from being sheltered from the outside world, [[MoralGuardians particularly it's harsher and less comfortable aspects.]] Consequently, she is completely naive about the ways of the world, makes all the wrong and foolish decisions because of that naivety, and is blind to Ambrosio's true nature until it is far too late.
31st Dec '15 9:43:37 AM TheFLL
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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: ''Borders'' on a [[DownerEnding downer,]] but with enough sweetness to keep from being wholly depressing. Ambrosio and the prioress are exposed and [[KarmicDeath punished,]] but [[BreakTheCutie Antonia]] [[RapeAsDrama is not only raped by Ambrosio,]] [[KillTheCutie but murdered]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog in Ambrosio's vain attempt to keep his sins hidden.]] Agnes, however, survives, despite her torture, and the loss of her baby, and ends up recovering and become HappilyMarried with Raymond. Lorenzo is left grief stricken by Antonia's death, but ultimately moves on, and finds a second love with one of the nuns who've left the convent he and Raymond kept safe from the angry mob. All in all, [[LaserGuidedKarma the villains got their comeuppance,]] [[PyrrhicVictory but not without causing some]] [[BeingGoodSucks lasting damage by the time it happens.]]]]
19th Sep '15 4:33:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: 4 characters share their names with characters in ''TheCastleOfOtranto'' (Matilda, Theodore, Conrad, and Jerome).

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* ShoutOut: 4 characters share their names with characters in ''TheCastleOfOtranto'' ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'' (Matilda, Theodore, Conrad, and Jerome).
19th Aug '15 4:08:14 AM LahmacunKebab
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* RapeIsLove: This is Antonio's justification for raping [[spoiler: Antonia]]. Of course, afterward he is disgusted with her because she is no longer pure and kills her.
* RealAfterAll: The Bleeding Nun

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* RapeIsLove: Rape Is Love: This is Antonio's justification for raping [[spoiler: Antonia]]. Of course, afterward he is disgusted with her because she is no longer pure and kills her.
* RealAfterAll: The Bleeding NunNun.
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