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The Fables Of Marie De France And The Mirror Of Princes

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There are clear affinities between the Fables of Marie and some later collections. Karl Warnke and other scholars have shown that these collections, which resemble Marie's version, are dependent on her, rather than vice versa. If we look at the fables that do not contain any dialogue, and where the narrative flows on without being interrupted by direct speech, it is easy to see the original aspects of the kind of fable Marie De France writes. Dramatization and humanization are major concerns of Marie de France, and these tendencies leave their mark even on the way in which the narrative of the fable is organized. The descriptive elements necessarily include all that concerns life in society, especially the principal actors of the various social classes.

Keywords: Fables; Marie De France

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