Essay about Analysis Of Fludd ' The Small Town Of Fetherhoughton

1035 Words Mar 16th, 2016 5 Pages
In Fludd, the small town of Fetherhoughton has many ancient struggles that have plagued it since before anyone can remember. There are neighborly squabbles that many fail to recollect how they began and issues with the faith in the most divine members of the society. Fetherhoughton is “surrounded on three sides by gloomy moors, is stark and dreary, a dead end where unwanted people are unceremoniously dumped. (“Fludd”)” Mantel begins Fludd with such an unhappy depressing scenery that contrasts with the cheerier town that is seen in the end. Although it is the 1950’s, the town is stuck in bygone days. The Bishop of the diocese sees this and supposedly sends Fludd as the curate to help fix all the ailments of this “backwards” town. As soon as Fludd arrives, his abilities are truly shown when Father Anguin, with a little help from liquor, comes clean of his lack of faith in God. The longer Fludd stays, the more of an impact he makes. Whether it be mending long forgotten quarrels between neighbors, educating the priest, or having nuns fall for him. The only person who seems to not be affected in the slightest is Mother Perpetua, the headmistress for the school children. She leads the front of evil in the struggle between good and evil in the novel. In Hilary Mantel 's Fludd, the Catholic Church and its followers are seen in an extremely poor light due to the lack of faith of Father Anguin and the cruelty of the nuns that gives the novel a controversial viewpoint on the Catholic…

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