The Name Of The Rose

1574 WordsNov 4, 20157 Pages
The book, The Name of The Rose, transpires in a medieval abbey located between “Pomposa and Conques,” around 1327, in which strange events befall on the monks which appear to mysteriously correlate to the Book of Revelation (Loc 111). The author of the book, Umberto Eco, employs medieval theology to portray philosophical ideas, such as the postmodern concept which theorizes that all text relates to one another. Through the application of architectural imagery, the illustrative characteristics of animals, the application of numerology, latin quotation and erroneous interpretation of scripture, Eco composed a masterpiece that loosely parallels events and language located within the Book of Revelation. Utilizing the circumstances of the period, the author hints at the harmful nature of futuristic exegesis of biblical narrative, especially with a focus on the apocalyptic text of the Book of Revelation. Apocalyptic literature, often ornamented with intricate visions, symbolism and numerology, is a classification of cataclysmic Jewish writings which incorporate impressions of heaven along with revelations. Through the depiction of the conflagration of the abbey, elegant symbolism and extravagant visions within, The Name of the Rose exhibits idiosyncrasies of the apocalyptic genre. The Book of Revelation, which contains a profuse amount of homogenous attributes to The Name of the Rose, is also suitable to the apocalyptic labelling. Due to the vastness of allusions between the two
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