The Benedictine Library In Umberto Eco's The Name Of The Rose Book

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Libraries have always been considered a place where people can Borrow books and read them. But, In The Name of the Rose book, the writer, Umberto Eco, was able to view the Benedictine Library as something more than just a normal library. The Benedictine Library was seen in the novel as the meeting point of many cultures. Eco put a great deal to the library as being mysterious and has a sense of gothic inside it. This sense of gothic was done greatly by the writer as he paid great attention to the dark ages which was the time when the novel was written. According to The New York Times’ article entitled “Reinventing the Library”, libraries are considered to be “the clinic of the soul”. The library is the seen as the main setting in the whole novel as all the events either take place in the library or are related to the library in one way or another. The library is described in the novel as a masterpiece. This is seen when William, who is a Franciscan Friar, said about the library “I was amazed, not by the walls that grinded it on every side, similar to others to be seen in all Christian world, but by the bulk of what I later learned was the Aedificium” (Day1: p.21). The Aedificium is the place where the library is set. This quotation shows that the library has a secular and sacred theme at the same time. The greatness of the library is seen when William and Adso were able to solve the mystery of the library later on in the novel by William and Adso. When

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