Example research essay topic: Giordano Bruno Vs Piggy – 1,335 words

… hurch inquisition. In both Bruno and Piggy,
you see how either a single person (Roger), or a
collective group (the Church) will do anything for
self-preservation of themselves and their ideas.
Wherever he went, Bruno’s passionate utterings led
to opposition. During his English period he
outraged the Oxford faculty in a lecture at the
university; upon his return to France, in 1585, he
got into a violent quarrel about a scientific
instrument. He fled Paris for Germany in 1586,
where he lived in Wittenberg, Prague, Helmstedt,
and Frankfurt. As he had in France and England, he
lived off the munificence of patrons, whom after
some time he This recap of a period in Brunos life
is about how he often went to a place, caused
turmoil by proposing and spreading his views, then
flees for fear of his own safety from the
controversy he causes.

Bruno may have
intentionally caused controversy and turmoil but
people would not even consider his different
concepts. His opposing ideas were always the
subject to arguments and people trying to shoot
them down because what they believed was what they
thought was right and would not allow someone else
to change that. The main thing is that they would
not give Brunos ideals a chance at all, and this
portrays how we too often not listen to other
because of differences Before the Venetian
Inquisition Bruno knelt, recanted fully, and
denied all his theological and cosmological
beliefs. He saw nothing wrong with this
dissimulation, nor was there anything wrong with
it: why allow yourself to be murdered by the
vicious machinations of an insane system, if by a
simple gesture you could escape and live to fight
another day?6 Through this quote of Brunos
actions, Bruno eventually repented for his
heretical ideas. How even when Bruno dropped his
heretical views and ideas, (although it was just
for his own survival), the people still ended up
burning Bruno at the stake shows how even though
they got what they wanted, which was Bruno to stop
his views, they feared his ideas had already been
spread and without killing him that his opposing
opinions would get even stronger. In both Piggy
and Brunos untimely deaths, society shows how we
dont like change from what we know.

If what
another says offends us or our beliefs in anyway
we tend to try to protect ourselves by blocking
ourselves from this person and their thoughts, to
even in some extreme cases, such as Bruno and
Piggy, murder those who are conflicting to us.
Both Bruno and Piggy were controversial in their
own rights, and they both paid with their lives
for their ideas and opinions. In their deaths as
well as many deaths of controversial figures
throughout history, you often see they suffer
controversial consequences such as death or
imprisonment. In the controversial consequences,
we find how society will often punish those who
try to change general ideas although there are
better ways of handling these situations. The rock
struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee;
the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments
and ceased to exist. Piggy, saying nothing, with
no time even for a grunt, traveled through the air
sideways from the rock, turning over as he went.7
In this excerpt from the Lord of the Flies, Piggy
gets crushed from the boulder pushed by Roger
while trying to restore order between Jack and
Ralphs fighting. This is a cruel fate for Piggy
who deserved better than to die from a crashing

Piggy was the only one who brought
scientific reason and logic to the boys thinking,
but they never listened to him or always wanted to
joke about him. He always expressed good, solid
ideas and thoughts but often was shot down because
some of the boys not liking him. In their killing
of Piggy, Jacks tribe shows how a person who was
problematic to their society is often handled. In
society we believe in rooting out the source and
Piggy was the source so therefore he was killed.
“His unbending integrity and lack of compromise
resulted in him being hounded throughout Europe by
the Church, and he lived a life on the road as
wandering scholar, writer, and teacher. Eventually
they caught up with him, placed him into prison
for eight years, and ordered him to recant the
heretical passages of his works. He would not
cooperate or change his views.

They tortured him,
still he would not recant. Finally, on February
17th, 1600, he was taken out into the Campo dei
Fiori in Rome, and burned alive at the stake as an
He suffered a cruel death and achieved a unique
martyr’s fame. He has become the Church’s most
difficult alibi. She can explain away the case of
Galileo with suave condescension. Bruno sticks in
her throat. He is one martyr whose name should
lead all the rest.

He was not a mere religious
sectarian who was caught up in the psychology of
some mob hysteria. He was a sensitive, imaginative
poet, fired with the enthusiasm of a larger vision
of a larger universe … and he fell into the
error of heretical belief. For this poets vision
he was kept in a dark dungeon for eight years and
then taken out to a blazing market place and
roasted to death by fire.9 In these two quotes, we
learn of the fate of Giordano Bruno. The first
quote demonstrates how Giordano Bruno suffered at
the hands of the Church and dies at the hands of
the Inquisition for not relenting from his own
thoughts which were controversial for his time. In
the second, is an opinion of John Kessler, who
wrote a biography on Giordano Bruno.

His view that
Bruno, although described as a heretic had solid
ideas and points but was just disregarded because
he was attacking the foundations of establishments
like the Church and the notion of a celestial
being or God. Had Bruno been more political like
Galileo was after Brunos death, he might not have
been though of as a threat to the Church but that
is not what happened and he was instead martyred
for his beliefs varying from what was generally
thought and accepted. Controversy surrounds those
who propose new ideas and views, as well as
danger. Bruno and Piggys deaths display this
example quite well in their confrontational
natures, as well as societys quick final actions.
From boys to society, we act the same and will
solve problems as fast as we can, often needing
the source to be stopped, and in this case the
sources were Bruno and In our quest to find
comfort and stability in life, we often find
things that try to change our lifestyles are
things we dont adjust well to. During Brunos life,
he was often forced into fleeing for safety of his
own life, and Piggy was often scolded by the other
boys. Eventually, the two were persecuted and
killed for what they said and believed.

In Bruno
and Piggy we find martyrs in their own right who
were just trying to change ideas and thoughts,
regardless of whether they were right or wrong,
they have the right to do so. Both Piggy and Bruno
died for similar reasons, but our societys innate
inability to consider new and different concepts
opposing its own, caused extreme and controversial
consequences where both were killed. Unless we can
change our acceptance of others and their ideas
and thoughts, our progression as an entire human
race will falter and may even stop if we continue
things such as racism, discrimination, and
Bibliography: Bibliography of Works
Cited/Bibliography of Works Consulted Bruno,
Giordano. De La Causa, Principio, et Uno Golding,
William. Lord Of The Flies, 1954 Harrison, Paul.
Giordano Bruno – pantheist martyr. Kessler, John.
Giordano Bruno: The Forgotten Philosopher Van
Helden, Albert.

Giordano Bruno: (1548-1600), 1995.
No author
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