History Literature / TheMonk

2nd Dec '16 11:15:40 PM Xtifr
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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]].
19th Nov '16 6:27:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Madrid, Spain, at the time of the UsefulNotes/SpanishInquisition. Mere minutes after the cathedral doors open, the pews are packed with people come to hear the famous monk Ambrosio give his sermon. Ambrosio is young, [[SexyPriest handsome]], and considered incorruptible because he has never broken a rule of his order. But Ambrosio, for all his holiness, is a proud man. In the crowd waiting to hear him are a [[TheIngenue beautiful girl]], Antonia, and her MaidenAunt, Leonella, who meet a pair of gallant young men, Don Lorenzo and Don Christoval. Antonia and Lorenzo fall in LoveAtFirstSight and Lorenzo vows to marry her.

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Madrid, Spain, at the time of the UsefulNotes/SpanishInquisition.[[UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition Spanish Inquisition]]. Mere minutes after the cathedral doors open, the pews are packed with people come to hear the famous monk Ambrosio give his sermon. Ambrosio is young, [[SexyPriest handsome]], and considered incorruptible because he has never broken a rule of his order. But Ambrosio, for all his holiness, is a proud man. In the crowd waiting to hear him are a [[TheIngenue beautiful girl]], Antonia, and her MaidenAunt, Leonella, who meet a pair of gallant young men, Don Lorenzo and Don Christoval. Antonia and Lorenzo fall in LoveAtFirstSight and Lorenzo vows to marry her.
24th Aug '16 5:43:20 AM Saveelich
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The novel was adapted into a film in 2011, ''The Monk'', starring Creator/VincentCassel as Ambrosio.
15th Aug '16 8:01:02 PM WillBGood
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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.

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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 its 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.
5th Aug '16 1:31:58 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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But this is only the beginning of Ambrosio's descent into sin, and soon all of their paths will collide tragically. To say it gets worse is an understatement.

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But this is only the beginning of Ambrosio's descent into sin, and soon all of their paths will collide tragically. To say it gets worse (and more complicated) is an understatement.
26th Jun '16 8:17:00 PM PaulA
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* {{Demons}}: Matilda very likely is one.
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. ]]
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