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10-26-10 Jean De France (61) The beginning of act 1 portrays a very Christian Jernomius. He is very against their sons going away to travel to other countries to learn a country. By going away to other countries, their son learns a new language, and starts calling everyone by their non-Christian names. Not only that, Jeronimus states that it is an “unreasonable style”, and what they bring back “infect the homeland”. He is against non-Christian culture. What is the point of this? If Holberg was not Christian, where does the satire come in, if any? (62) Jernomus also criticizes Frand for insisting it was his wife who let his son go to a different country. Jernomus says he “should never put the blame on your [his] wife.” Jernomus seems to be very feminist but at the same time, Christian. It is interesting to note that during pagan times, women had an almost equal status to men, however, when Christianity
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Unformatted text preview: took over, women are noted in playing a less role in society. (74) Marthe states, the time will come when society will consider brains more important than sex and ability greater than name. Holberg seems to be alluding to the Enlightenment. Holberg was in favor of the Enlightenment. (103) The poem at the end concludes this play, saying that the moral of this little play, the author does in mirth write; at home in Denmark let us stay, and love our native birthright. In short, Holberg explicitly says that the purpose of this poem is to cherish and ones native culture. Is this satirical? It does not seem right for Holberg, a pre-Enlightenment thinker, to create a play stressing nationalistic culture. Essay Questions: Is this play satirical? If so, how? What does it target? The beginning introduces a character who is strongly Christian. How does he affect the satire and story?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course SCANDIN 5B taught by Professor Ian during the Spring '11 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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