Ivanhoe | Critical Essay by Lionel Lackey

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of Ivanhoe.
This section contains 7,793 words
(approx. 26 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Lionel Lackey

Critical Essay by Lionel Lackey

SOURCE: "Vainly Expected Messiahs: Christianity, Chivalry and Charity in Ivanhoe," in Studies in Scottish Literature, edited by G. Ross Roy, University of South Carolina, 1992, pp. 150-66.

In the essay that follows, Lackey examines the role of medieval religion in Ivanhoe through the contrast between the corruption of official representatives of the Church and the faith and compassion of Ivanhoe and Rebecca.

Ivanhoe, Scott's account of ethnic, political, and military conflict in England after the unsuccessful Third Crusade, is closer to being a religious novel than commentators have acknowledged. Its central struggle is between the forces of superstition, bigotry, and brutality and those of enlightened justice and mercy, with the varieties of religious experience in the novel serving as a medium to convey all these attitudes.

No one claims that Scott was a theologian, his Religious Discourses by a Layman notwithstanding...

(read more)

This section contains 7,793 words
(approx. 26 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Lionel Lackey
Follow Us on Facebook