Journey to the Moon Discussion

Journey to the Moon Discussion - Cyrano de Bergerac's...

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Cyrano de Bergerac's "Journey to the Moon" poses many questions about science and religion, and stages them in various discussions between the narrator and the inhabitants of the moon. Through the satirical portrayal of various situations, de Bergerac wittily depicts the concept of religion as fantastic, and shows how religious thinkers have a knack for creating frivolous excuses for scientific functions of everyday life. By doing so, he is able to compare the religious thinking on the Moon to the doctrine and public perception of the church in his time, as well as to claim that scientific discoveries are desired by God for the betterment of mankind. 1. Use of irony to claim that scientific discoveries are requested by divine powers. -“…I concluded that this whole chain of events was inspired by God, who wished me to reveal to mankind that the Moon is a world.” (pg. 4) -Using religion and the divine as an excuse to further advance in science. 2. Elijah as religious advocate; used to show religion as fantastic, even though he seems to believe that his explanations of scientific functions are completely logical. -“You call this serpent the bowels, and you think the bowels are necessary for the functions of life, but I must tell you that they are nothing else than serpents twisted and turned over and against themselves.” (pg. 26) -Elijah is attributing religious ideals to an obviously biological process,
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