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Notes on Romance of the Rose

Notes on Romance of the Rose - Julianna Ritter The Romance...

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Julianna Ritter 3/7/2011 The Romance of the Rose Allegories and Narrative Form The medieval eulogy The Romance of the Rose uses allegorical elements throughout the text in order to make reference within its own story to other stories to either prove a point or strengthen the thesis of the tale. Through the form of the narrative, the medieval work reproduces the structure of time: time always passes from a particular moment and in its dream vision genre the allegory both authors generate endless perspectives of time. The story begins with the protagonist speaking of a dream he had five years ago. This frames the groundwork of the story concerning time: from the beginning we are consciously aware that the central character is unreliable narrator. While memories are vague enough on their own, especially after a long stretch of time, re-counting a dream would seem to be a more difficult task. However, there is a tone of confidence in the narrator as he flawlessly describes his
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