Confessions Of Augustine Confessions

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Augustine’s Confessions requires several readings to fully understand and appreciate. Cavadini argues that the reason for this rests entirely on the fact that Augustine is a trained rhetorician. Augustine was forced to master how to speak and write in ways which convey messages perfectly. In his confessions his mastery of rhetoric is the reason why he talks excessively about issues which may be in reality trivial; when in actuality his excruciating repetition and rhetoric are what allow him to convey a myriad of ideas. His rhetoric answers questions about sin, society, and connects both to the bible. Augustine belabors a trivial event when he recounts the story when he and some friends stole some pears. One could boil down such a story…show more content…
“Yet none of my family made any attempt to avert my ruin by arranging a marriage for me; their only concern was that I should learn to excel in rhetoric and persuasive speech. (conf. 2.3.5). Augustine’s father cared about how his son would be perceived in society; that being an intelligent orator, which was held in high esteem. No mention was given to Augustine’s happiness nor potential wife. His father becomes a symbol for society’s lust to propagate its current state of vice. Augustine again manages to connect this to the Bible. The prodigal son is a famous story of a son leaving his family and God. Augustine’s distance from his father and also God serves to relate the two stories. The prodigal son is in many respects similar to Augustine. Much like the prodigal son Augustine finds God as well as a father figure after much time apart. He meets a man named Ambrose who becomes a fatherly figure to Augustine. This could be another rhetorical device being utilized. Ambrosia is the food of the Greek Gods and is said to be the best tasting food imaginable as well granting immortality. He is connecting Ambrose, who represents humility, to how society ought to act. Society is filled with pride, only caring about it appearance and presentation, humility being the antithesis of such pride is what Augustine believes to be
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