Meme: Grumpy Cat Really Gets the Grumpy Monk


Playing off of “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister,” this grumpy cat meme does its best to channel the hateful spirit of the narrating monk. This particular meme was inspired by the first stanza, lines 3-4, which state, “If hate killed men, Brother Lawrence,/ God’s blood, would not mine kill you!” The monk and the cat in the picture really embody the same spirit in that they both go against expectations of what they are. Whereas monks should be holy and Jesus-like, the narrating monk is hateful, judgmental, and hypocritical, and where a cat should look feline and emotionless, this one looks like a disappointed, embittered grandpappy. This cat, I feel, fully embodies the Spanish monk, especially his vitriolic attitudes toward Brother Lawrence.