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Medieval Literature VS. Renaissance Literature

The first page from the epic, Beowulf.

An example of Renaissance Literature – From Geoffrey Whitney, A Choice of Emblemes, a gift to Traister of Francis O. Mattson.



The Renaissance began in Italy 14th century, but didnt really spread around Europe until the 17th century.


The Renaissance started in Florence, Italy.


There are many well known Renaissance authors, but some of the most known are Shakespeare and the author of “Don Quixote” Miguel de Cervantes

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Medieaval Literature:


Medieval literature includes many broad works from AD 500 until the start of  the spread of the Renaissance.


Many works of medievals times are anonymous, like the story “Sir Gawain and the Green knight” we read in class. (The author’s pen name is “Pearl Poet” but we don’t know his real name)  Some works were thought to be written by monks like Beowulf. One of the most well known authors was Chaucer, writer of those lovely Canterbury Tales.


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Both eras have both religous and secular works but there was a larger amount of religous and moral stories in both time periods.There are obvious differences like time period, but there is also a lot more. Medieval lierature was primarily written in Latin, the main language of the Roman church. The invention of the printer press led to authors writing in their own language during te Renaissance. The Renaissance was an intelluctual awakening from the Dark Ages, an illerate era, while the Medieval ages led to that almost backwards  time.


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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Thomas More's Utopia, Uncategorized


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Don Quixote: an unlikely epic hero

Don Quixote

Mundane World

Alonso Quijano is an estate owner in La Mancha, who spends all his time reading stories of chivalry. He goes crazy and one day snaps.


The Call to Adventure

The Call to Adventure begins when he changes his name to Don Quixote. He decides to become an actual knight, like the ones he reads about. He ventures forth to all by himself on Rocnante a weak old horse, wearing his hand-me-down armor. In every knight tale, the hero saves the fair lady. At this point, he seems a little mentally unstable, so he decides to choose a peasant girl he’s never spoken to.


Crossing the Threshold

He crosses the threshold when he sets on his first adventure, where he injuries some innocent mule drivers. An important element of the hero’s journey is into the threshold is meeting allies, friends, and helpers. He convinces a poor married farmer with kids named Sancho Panzce to become his squire.


Path of Trials

They set out on a quest to perform good deeds and write wrongs, but end up wreaking havoc and getting beat up. Don Quixote is captured out in the mountains, naked and taken back to civilization in a crate. (He’s released in town). A university student seeks out Don and Sancho after reading about them in a book. Before he can track them down squire and master run off on another delusional adventure. Don sets off to find his lady, like a true knight would. On the way they meet a Duke and Duchess who devise cruel practical jokes on Don. Some include a magical lady that needs Sancho to spank his own bare bottom 3,300 times to free her and cursed bearded ladies. While they are being played Samson tracks them down.

Master of 2 Worlds

Don Quixote doesn’t really become the master of two worlds. Samson Carrasco challenges him and wins, forcing Don Quixote to reality. He feels like a failure and returns home to reinvent himself as a pastoral shepherd. He soon becomes deathly ill and ironically returns to sanity. On his deathbed he reclaims his former name.

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Epic Heroes