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The Old Fox and Goods

.::. 12-15-2010 .::. written as pt. 3 of my British Lit. final .::. Abigail Morris .::.

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            Two other exciting and hilarious tales which deal with the ideas of greed and trickery are Everyman and Volpone. Both are presented as plays with Everyman having apparently been written anonymously in the fifteenth century and Volpone by Ben Jonson in the early seventeenth century. The characters in Everyman are representations of the aspects common to everyman’s life—God, Death, Fellowship, Cousin, Beauty, Knowledge, Strength, Goods, Good Deeds, etc. In Everyman, after Death has been sent to retrieve Everyman, Everyman is granted an opportunity to Continue reading

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Greed Plays the Pardoner

.::. 12-15-2010 .::. written for pt. 2 of  British Lit. final .::. Abigail Morris .::.

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            The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, is the tale of a medieval pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. The characters which embark upon the journey are from all three estates, and are lively and interesting individuals. As the final member joins the band of travelers he proposes that the group each entertain the others with four stories—two on the way to Canterbury, and two on the way back. The group agrees and so off they set, having already been introduced to the reader by way of the descriptive analysis of Chaucer the character/narrator. Continue reading