The Praise of Folly Setting & Symbolism

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The Road from Italy to England

The path from Italy to England is where Erasmus wrote The Praise of Folly.

Folly's Platform

The unnamed place where Folly makes her speech.

The Fortunate Isles

Folly's birthplace where she was raised by her parents and attendants.

Pleasure

What foolishness brings and wisdom destroys.

Divinity

Folly is divine because she makes good things possible and is worshiped by all, whether they realize it or not.

Wisdom

The source of unhappiness, it is knowledge that men cannot and should not have.

Folly

It isn't entirely clear all the things folly is found in, but it seems to include all manner of frivolous, foolish and deceitful and sinful activities.

Happiness

What foolishness brings and wisdom destroys.

Deception

Deception is made possible through folly, which in turn makes self-love possible.

The Sciences

The sciences do not make men happy and are only pursued in...

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