Analysis Of ' The Little Monk ' Essay

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Enduring Difficulty to Achieve
In scene 7, the little monk tells Galileo about his concern for his family not being able to handle the truth of astronomy or ready to being doubting things, and Galileo starts to talk about the theme of enduring difficulty and change. The play argues that people must be willing to go through difficulty by mocking the little monk’s family and anyone who is similar, using the oyster metaphor as a representation of sacrifice, and by using rhetorical questions to suggest that venturing into new, but risky, territories are necessary for discoveries.
Though religion is portrayed to be valuable, the people who wouldn’t be able to handle that the Earth orbits the sun are mocked and are accused to be living lives with no achievements. The little monk tells Galileo that his family does “not come from the great city”, but that they are “peasants in the Campagna” which implies that peasants are even less likely to believe in science and are very religious (Brecht 83). He continues to say that his family “draw the strength they need” from “the little church and Bible texts” (Brecht 83). This is what gives them reason to have “their patience” and “their acceptance of misery” (Brecht 83). All these things that the Holy Scriptures are valuable virtues. However, when the little monk talks about the consequences of the truth, he uses purposely dramatic words and phrases like “how could they take it”, “ceaselessly spinning in empty space” and “second-rate…

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