William Langland notes
William Langland notes EH 203
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British Lit – William Langland’s “Piers Plowman” • William Langland o Classified as Estates literature writer – pg.378 § Concentrated around field of folk, satire, exploits occupations § Comparable to Canterbury Tales o Piers Plowman - Written in 1377, published in 1500s § Dream vision • Like Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyon o Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote satire of Bunyon – train to heaven o Vanity Fair – metaphor of people showing vanities off at fairs § Vanity is not Christian • Chaucer wrote dream vision – birds discussing mating, Book of Duchess • Get away with things in dream vision o Critique society – satire & estate lit • Pg.373-374 - Dreams include “field full of folk” – lists the people § Allusion – throws in Bible verses § Passus = Latin for step, leg of journey § Passus 5 • Piers – common name for St. Peter, nickname Perkin • Pg.381 – assumption that piers is associated with St. Peter o Gives advice on how to get on the right path • Pg.382 – allegorical names for places § Passus 6 • If you guide my plow, I’ll be your travel guide; women sew sacks o Respect low class work, work hard o People are reluctant to help author • Pg.385 - Allegorical names for people – family names, characteristics, named for qualities • Everyone gives up – Piers causes Hunger to strike them o Hunger – allegorical being o Pg.387 – Hunger goes too far • Conclusion – if you let Hunger get too much, there won’t be enough food for everyone – trust in God to provide § Passus 18 – in C Text • Describes an aspect lost to sense of New Testament • Harrowing of Hell – pg.405 o Important to Medieval Christianity o Lucifer has hold on dead o Hell Mouth – entrance to Hell in monster o Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy § Develops an analogy of Fortune ruling over Fate as a Wheel of Fortune § Influences Chaucer § Lady Fortune determines whether you are up or down § One way to reconcile some bad fortune