Assessment Task: Novel study Chocolat
Stage 1 English
The Role of Religion
The Story of Chocolat begins on Shrove Tuesday where Harris describes the journey of a young traveller, Vianne and her daughter Anouk; they are brought to the town of lansquenet by “the wind.” (pg. 16) The story is planned very much during lent and communicates ideas of religion throughout the story. Religion plays a major role in Harris’ book Chocolat. The town of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes is situated to be governed by the Church, more specifically, the ideologies of cure Reynaud.
When Guillaume’s pet dog, Charly develops an ailing growth under his chin (pg. 62) it is recommended by the vet that he is to be euthanised, saying there is “nothing to be done” Guillaume on the other hand will not put Charly to sleep “not if he still had some quality of life” (ph. 57) and compares him to an old man. When Guillaume asks Reynaud about animals, Reynaud states that “animals don’t have souls,” clearly expressing his views as a traditional Christian, compliant to history, it was seen for humans to have no moral obligations towards these creatures and that these animals were put on the earth to serve man, but Guillaume treats Charly as if he were human. Guillaum's attitude towards animals could be reflected in modern day society as it is common for a household to own pets treated with love and care and Christian views have evolved and have been softened toward animals.
Likewise, Friday February 14 among other things marks the opening of La Celeste Praline, it is the beginning of lent and is seen as, “the traditional season of self-denial,” (pg. 34) the opening of Vianne’s chocolaterie is viewed as unacceptable, more so, La Celeste Praline is situated right across from the church (pg. 27), always in eyesight, a torment and a temptation to the Lenten fasts. In retaliation, Reynaud preaches against la celeste Praline during the following Sunday (pg. 60)...