The Romance of the Rose - Lines 4433-4480 Summary & Analysis

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Lines 4433-4480 Summary

The narrator resolves to be of good hope and not to give up in despair.

Lines 4433-4480 Analysis

The change in style with the change of author is immediately obvious. Jean de Meun is much more long-winded than de Lorris, and already seems to have abandoned the full allegory. Here, the narrator talks to himself, and although Hope is talked of as a comforter and is spoken about as if this abstract was a person, Hope is not described properly in allegorical fashion. In a true allegory, Hope would appear to the narrator and talk to him, in much the same was as Freend and Reason did in earlier parts.

The other thing notable in the shift in style is the length of space given to pondering the working of hope and how hope can sometimes "bigyle" (beguile) a lover. De...

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