The Monk Summary

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  • 7 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (7)

2,653 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, the anonymous critic maintains that The Monk expounds lessons of virtue, rather than of vice, as many reviewers have contended. It is with no inconsiderable pain that I have re... Read more
296 words, approx. 1 pages
In the following review, the critic describes the literary sources of The Monk, adding that obscenity "pervades and deforms the whole organization of this novel. " This novel has a doubl... Read more
14,958 words, approx. 50 pages
In the following excerpt, Summers details the composition, contemporary critical reception, plot, style, sources, translations, adaptations, and literary influence of The Monk. Only those footnotes pe... Read more
5,548 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Gose undertakes a psychoanalytic survey of The Monk, noting its "unresolved tensions" of "sexual conflict, violated taboos, and self-destructive impulses.&... Read more
4,944 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Grudin assesses the "formal coherence " of The Monk, claiming that evidence for its structural unity exists in an interpretation of Matilda as a demonic being. I ... Read more
4,921 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Lydenberg investigates "Lewis's ambivalence toward his authorial responsibility" as moral judge in The Monk. The Gothic novel is rarely, if ever, celebrate... Read more
6,191 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Kauhl examines the motif of transgression, as both a psychological and a political fact in The Monk. In the Madrid of the Inquisition, "a city where superstition reigns ... Read more