Essay 1_Argumentation- 2.22.16.docx - ENG LIT 0365 Essay#1 Forming and Argument The Price of Power The Social Implication of Kempe\u2019s Spiritual

Essay 1_Argumentation- 2.22.16.docx - ENG LIT 0365 Essay#1...

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ENG LIT 0365 Essay #1: Forming and Argument The Price of Power: The Social Implication of Kempe’s Spiritual Dialogues Although it appears that Margery Kempe’s conversations with god are intimate mystical episodes, in fact these episodes serve as a means of bestowing authority to Kempe on earth. In the conversations we see that Kempe is granted not only religious authority, but also authority over her sexuality. Her experiences conversing with god grant Kempe access to god in a realm outside of the traditional church and religious (mostly male) authority. Although liberated in many ways, Kempe pays dearly for this authority. She is treated by her community and by others on her travels as an outcast. Kempe cries many times throughout the narrative. At times her cries are quiet and reflective, but more often they are violent and uncontrollable. Many times throughout the narrative, god praises Kempe’s crying outbursts for serving as a means of reminding others of god’s grace. During many of her mystical conversations with god, god acknowledges Kempe’s prayers “for all kinds of men and women…all lecherous men and women,” (245). Kempe weeps and prays for humanity hoping “that [god] deliver them from sin and be gracious to them…desiring that if any prayer bring them to god or Christian belief, that [god] should hear [Kempe’s] prayer for them” (245). God selects Kempe’s prayers, over others’ as the prayer that provides deliverance for previously damned people. This appointment by god illustrates that Kempe’s station with god is higher than other laymen worshippers and sinners.
More surprising than Kempe’s authority over common worshippers is her claim of authority over the established church. After her pilgrimage to Jerusalem and in direct

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