Its scary to think that our most fervent convictions may be false. That said, this proved an enjoyable bout with the more sinister angels of our nature. This twisted pharisaical view becomes the key for the spiritual degeneration and subsequent fall to destruction of the young fanatic that is Robert Wringhim Colwan. High Middle Grade, I suppose. I am hoping that my professor called tutor in Oxford can enlighten me! But there was humor too, and a wonderful use of the Scottish dialect to distinguish class and insert wisdom.
Tw This is the first reading experience I have ever had that would have been enhanced by having a church organ belt out some thunderous riffs every now and again in the background. However, it does not matter whether he is, or he isn't, because he is still incredibly dangerous because this figment of his imagination if that is what he is is justifying his actions in committing various crimes such as murder. Will it give us the enjoyment we seek? When taken together, the different elements create an impression of ambivalence and inconsistency, as if they were intended to present the reader with a. Hogg should be better remembered. It recounts his childhood, under the influence of the Rev Wringhim, and goes on to explain how he becomes in thrall to an enigmatic companion who says his name is Gil-Martin.
I read this book for an upcoming course I will be taking i This book was written in 1824. Hard to sympathise with a main character who is a religious zealot who then finds that doesn't work out so well for him. The corrupting effect of this doctrine was its temptation to antinomianism — the conviction that the saved can do no wrong, that their actions are above all moral law. In the first few pages, I couldn't see why it had made such a strong impression on me. Discounting any transcendental inferences, there are two time-frames in the novel. As an aside, I adored the minor character of Bessy Gillies, the maid. James Hogg obviously didn't like the Calvinists of his time, and some of this is very funny as well as being very scathing.
Hogg, on the other hand, manages to make the whole thing conflicted, self-consuming, deluded, and mad. Therefore, Gil-Martin may be regarded as Satan himself, and there are quite a few passages that bear out this interpretation, e. It is partly a historical novel set in the years 1700—1720; it is partly a regional novel, with a strong portrait of Scottish rural life and speech, together with a certain level of humour; it is partly an intellectual novel which explores the corrupting effect of strict Calvinist theories of predestination; but running through all this is a psychological thriller that takes us deep inside a disturbed criminal mind. The two halves taken together make up one of the most strikingly original novels in the English language. This seemingly amorphous doctrine in Christian theology is from the teachings of St.
Again, perhaps Hogg is demonstrating the dangers of such a situation. It all sounds terribly dark and serious, I know, but the satirical element keeps it entertaining. One thing only is beyond doubt. When their bodies were found and people came to apprehend him, he fled. During these lost weeks and months, it is suggested that Gil-Martin assumes Robert's appearance to commit further crimes.
Now witness Roberts' slow descent into madness and he maybe, possibly kills a whole bunch of other people, loses track of time and generally becomes detached from reality. In the first few pages, I couldn't see why it had made such a strong impression on me. As far as optional reads go when ascending the Mountain of Classics, it's a 5 star diversion. Definitely best for people who are already comfortable with 18th century novels. I can't wait to write about it--academically, rather than for fun.
This is the form of McGill his nemesis at school. So, the question that is raised is: if you are one of the elect, and if nothing can take your salvation away from you, then does that mean that you have a license to basically do whatever you want? I oftan, about this time, prayed with great fervour, and lamented my hopeless condition, especially in being liable to the commission of crimes, which I was not sensible of, and could not eschew. It was chosen for me because I normally avoid classics. He prefers this princely being. The first thought that went through my mind was 'wow, this seems to be a good, whole hearted, Christian book' and asked her if I could borrow it. The essential background to the book lies in the stern Calvinist religion of Scotland and its doctrine of election: the belief that the salvation or damnation of every individual soul was predestined by God, and that it was possible to know by spiritual signs who was of the elect and who was not. My only real criticism of the writing is that the last third of the sinner's confession although admittedly diabolic and suitably frightening from a believer's perspective did labour a little in terms of the sinner's travels being constantly shadowed by the hellish creatures.
Robert, our sinner, has been claimed by Satan. The Confession which comprises the middle section of the novel is an autobiographical account of the life of Robert Wringhim and, passim, his on the crimes with which his name was associated. Robert may be a religious fanatic, or crazy. One of those books that like Janus looks forward as well as back and is more powerful in its potential to inspire than in it's ability to deliver on its own terms. The penetrating psychological portrait of this perfectly horrible character moved by an icily logical dogmatism to extreme and vicious crimes is brilliant conducted. The narrator, Robert Wringham, the supposed author of the papers that make up the The Private Memoirs, is approached by a Mephistophelean figure known only as Gil-Martin.
This man eventually comes to absorb his personality, and removes any sense of morale awareness Robert had. As I have written in my , what we have during this period is a shift away from demons and angels to a more scientific approach to viewing the world. And a whole lot of fairly wry insight into Scottish society. As time goes by, and the body count starts to escalate, Robert begins to doubt the infallibility of the heavenly bus pass and the wisdom of some of his recent behaviour. She initially flees him but her father forces her back, and they live separately in the one house.