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Rabelais and His World Setting & Symbolism

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Carnival

This is an event that, when it is taking place is also a place and an object. This is a special setting; there are contemporary festivals that are a bit along these lines, and Renaissance Faires are modelled in part on the Carnival and the market place. Also, the Mardi Gras festival is modeled on the French carnival. This is folk culture event, which simply means that it is for the common people - the lower and middle classes more so than being an event for those at the top of social hierarchy.

Fool

This is a well known character associated with an earlier period in history. The fool is one of the normative characters of folk culture into the Renaissance, after which there arose some confusion regarding how to deal with him. The Fool sometimes served as a political and social representative of the common people...

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