Name Of The Rose

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorCollege, Undergraduate July 2001

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The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater is a sometimes frightening crossover between a murder mystery and a love story. While the plot follows Sean Connery and his apprentice search for answers to several recent murders, Christian Slater becomes obsessed with a female peasant, something that is condemnable, and falls in love with her. The interesting part of the story is the cover-up of hidden works long ago stowed away in a secret library containing literature dangerous to the Catholic faith at the time.

        This movie relates to history class because of its set background amongst the medieval society, and has historical context such as inquisitors, witches, huge cathedrals, and methods with which a Franciscan friar may investigate such murders, which at times seemed more Sherlock Holmes than religious man type things.

        I learned a few things from this movie: That objectors to an inquisitor can be tried as a heretic and possibly burned, that executions could be performed on the site of the crime, and that priests could be fluent in so many different languages.

Also, I didn't think that large libraries were that rare, in fact I would have guessed that there would have been no small libraries, but that books would just accumulate to one of the view people that could read them; but I was wrong. This movie was very interesting, and looked good for its age. Sean Connery doesn't blow you away, but was the best pick for the role, and Christian Slater may as well have been Keanu Reeves. I'd give it 9 out of 10 for being so obscure and original.