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o Initially lies to his mother because he does not want to give her the satisfaction o The only way he could kill his father (and horse and hawk) would be if he worked himself up and started a killing frenzy - It is a Christian poem - Penance vs. punishment o Penance: religious/conscious; punishes oneself for redemption for a sin against god o Punishment: social/society; meant for the idea of justice as a social balance o Edward chooses exile (he will not benefit from the death of his father) - He is a murderer; is he allowed to decide other people’s fates? What gives him the right? - This is a Christian society, the sins of the father are passed down onto the sun after he dies - *this is a song
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Barbara Allan - a ballad that still has its music (a song) - people still sing the song today (folk singers) - the contemporary versions of the song tend to focus one interpretation - Sir John dies of ‘lovesickness’ from being so in love with Barbara Allen, but she refuses to return his love (unrequited); lover becomes very sad - According to Midevil medicine, when people sign because of sadness they lose a drop of blood and causes them to eventually die - Two interpretations of the song: 1.Barbara is responsible for John’s death because her pride is too strong to love him back - John could be cured if Barbara were to just return the love for him, but she does not and lets him die - Barbara reminds John that he was in the tavern and slighted her (told rumors about her) (women were not allowed in the taverns) - People used to make toasts before they drank; John most likely toasted another woman, or insulted her in some way in the toast - Barbara definitely has a right to be angry, but to let him die? - Does Barbara actually love John? She does go to see him, even though she takes her time getting there She draws back the curtain from around the bed and says young man I think you are dying Does she go to see John just to mock him? If she didn’t love him, can we fault her for refusing to love him back? Why do we talk about falling in love? Why do we say love is blind? o Cupid is often blind/blindfolded o Cupid has a bow and arrow; love can kill (people typically did not marry for love in this society, but for practical reasons to improve your or your family’s situation) o Blindfold; means that there should be no reason for love (you just love them because you love them, and all of them) you are supposed to love someone for absolutely no reason at all; unconditionally o ‘falling’ in love, you don’t plan it out when you fall in love - Love becomes something very painful in a society where people do not marry for love, if you never get to marry the person that you truly love - Women used to love, honor, and obey their husband; can you promise to love someone?
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  • Spring '16
  • Van Styvendale
  • Alice in Wonderland, Alice, Fairy tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Sir John, Little Red Riding Hood

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