Lesson 1 (from Lines 1-20 | Lines 21-48)
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The Romance of the Rose is written almost entirely in the form of an allegory. An allegory relays a moral message in a way that uses characteristics and qualities obviously. The use of allegory in the poem gives De Lorris an excuse to write about an idealized, unrealistic dream. The allegory is used as the primary mechanism for telling the story. This lesson will explore the significance of the use of allegory in the text and whether or not it is an effective storytelling method.
1. Class Discussion: Describe the definition of allegory as a literary device. What must an author do to use allegory effectively? What does the use of allegory have to do with the poem being written in the form of a dream? What does the use of allegory excuse, which might otherwise be seen as flawed writing? Is...
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