The Name Of The Rose Essay

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The Name Of The Rose


In the title of the novel, The name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco, the 'rose' can signify
many ideas. By making this the title of the book, Eco has attracted the attention of a
reader because it suggests a number of things. A rose can be all of nature, the most
beautiful of it, a girl, etc. Just as the title suggests several answers, so can the
implications in the novel.

The rose can be the Church, the richest and most powerful organization in the entire
world. As each of its most devoted die, a little bit of the doctrine is forgotten until
the 'name becomes bare', it can no longer be understood as its whole. In return, the most
learned abbey in Europe burns to the ground, much like the martyrs it exalted.

Instead of seeing the deaths for what they are (just random acts, committed by several
people, not one depraved person, but individual curious ones) William goes on wild goose
chases, i.e. trying to find Adelmo's murderer before realizing that it was a suicide. He
looks for evidence that simply is not there, then finding the next real clue, usually a
body, searches in vain for what he wants to be the truth. Blinded by what he thinks is
true, instead of what is right in front of his face, he searches and searches not judging
by 'names' so much as placing the wrong meaning on them.

Near the end of the novel, William gives Adso the following advise ' Fear prophets, Adso,
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