Jean de La Fontaine | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by June Moravcevich

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Jean de La Fontaine.
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Critical Essay by June Moravcevich

SOURCE: "Reason and Rhetoric in the Fables of La Fontaine," in Australian Journal of French Studies, Vol. XVI, Part 3, May-August 1979, pp. 347-60.

In the following essay, Moravcevich asserts that La Fontaine uses the seventeenth-century tools of reason and rhetoric in a complex but classically. pleasing manner via his animal characters and ultimately in order to instruct his readers in "wisdom rather than morality."

Both reason and rhetoric enjoyed considerable prestige in France in the first half of the seventeenth century and coexisted harmoniously in the works of such writers as the epistolographer Guez de Balzac, the dramatist Pierre Comeille, and the philosopher René Descartes.1 In the realm of literature not only were writers required to be masters of the art of rhetoric, but even their characters, however intense their emotions, were expected to follow the...

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